My father was bed-ridden for several years, and then weak for several more. Why not healed? One night the Lord spoke to him and told him to build a house for someone he’d never met. He wasn’t able to in his own strength. The Lord also spoke to the pastor at his church and told him to give away a substantial amount of money. He spoke to another man and told him to donate land. Person after person stepped forward, obeying God’s leading, and a home was built for a family from start to finish in 40 days.
My dad’s weakness enabled God’s strength to be perfected and manifested. Might I suggest that before that time my dad may have been too busy to hear the voice of God in that way? Or too busy to take the time to help organize and attend a project of that magnitude?
God uses us all in different ways and for different reasons. We just have to be available for His purposes and plans.
“Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
These are the words the Lord spoke to the disciple that was sent to put his hands on Saul (who would later become the apostle Paul–missionary to thousands), when he would regain his sight. And yet, Paul always had what he called a “thorn in his flesh” that God never removed. He said he prayed for the Lord to remove it and the Lord told him no. The Lord told Paul that His grace was sufficient and that His strength would be made perfect in Paul’s weakness.
It’s interesting that when Paul was called into ministry he was shown how many things he would suffer God’s name’s sake, and how the Lord told Paul no, and how now, in 2019 we think our Christian walk should be about our comfort, our happiness, our delight….about us. When did things get so twisted?
Christianity just simply isn’t about us. It is about the Lord. It says about Saul, “Immediately he preached the Christ in synagogues, that He is the Son of God.” He began immediately doing what he was called to do, and people immediately began wanting to kill him. (You can find all of this in Acts 9)
Job, in his agony and suffering repented and humbled himself before the Lord…before he was ever healed or restored. Then, in Job 42:8, the Lord put Job in charge of praying for his friends. In his state, he was best suited to pray for his friends. He was the one God called to pray, to work, to do His will. And then, praise God for him, He was restored.
Sickness and trials are not a problem that keeps us from fulfilling God’s call in our lives. It may hinder us from doing all the things we want. I know I still have times when I can’t sing, can’t raise my hands in worship, can’t teach or even attend church; however, if we are still alive then God can still use us.
Ask God how He can use your vessel. When He gives you an opportunity, don’t let it pass you by. Don’t fear that you’re too weak. In your weakness, His strength is made perfect. It has been proven over and over: see David and Goliath, Noah and the Ark, 3 Hebrew’s in the furnace, on and on. God will give you all that you need to complete the task He sets before you.
Be available just as you are,