Thursday: 13th December, 2018
Reference text: Isaiah 41:13-20
Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
One thing people dislike is to be referred to by a known weakness. For many, that is a no go area, a deal – breaker with the potential to shake the foundations of even the strongest of relationships. In the book of Isaiah today, God describes Jacob as a worm and the men of Israel as a group of people enrobed in fear, those were weaknesses.
However, a verse further reads: ‘Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff’. Note: those weaknesses mentioned, were not pushed under the carpet rather, there were encapsulated in something else.
After stating the presence of weaknesses, God introduced multiple strengths and the potential for true greatness that stood out far and beyond any of the weaknesses identified. Sadly, our approach is often very different because most of the time, all we do is point out the weaknesses of others but do nothing about them.
We seem to take delight in our ability to let others know all they lack, with no clear idea or provision of how they can get better. Beloved, we have to be more than identifiers of weaknesses, but instead become people who in spite of weaknesses, still see an opportunity for others to do better and get better.
Remember # the potential for greatness is present in all, but they may never be realised if all we are constantly reminded of is how inadequate we are.