I remember being in awe of, and deeply humbled by, the story of Andrew Murray's life when I first read it many years ago.
He was a man of great faith, and a tremendous prayer warrior. I seem to recall that when they prepared his body for burial, it was discovered that he had spent so much of his life on his knees in prayer that he had callouses over an inch thick on his knees.
Today's quote is from this man of faith:
The Christian often tries to forget his weakness: God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply. ...by Andrew Murray
I cannot know his intent when he penned these words. But given the boundless love and grace of God I can only conclude that if God wants us to remember and deeply feel our own weaknesses, it is only so that we will be more closely bound to his grace by our utter dependence upon his strength.
The old hymn says, "I am weak but He is strong. Jesus keep me from all wrong." Indeed, only He can do so.
Jesus told his followers, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Without me you can do nothing."
However, his word also tells us in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
There is an old story told of a prayer gathering during which the overly pious participants tried to out-do each other in humility. They called themselves, worthless, vile, wretched wrecks, etc. Finally one fellow decided he would be the lowliest of them all, proclaiming himself to be nothing more than a "slug for Jesus."
Let us be clear that God does not intend for us to dwell upon our shortcomings and failure out of some morbid sense of duty to do so. Nor from some pitiful navel-gazing perspective of the school of thought that tells us to remember that we are all just "slugs for Jesus" as the old joke goes.
No, if we are to recall our inadequacies (and they are, indeed, many) it is only so that his adequacy can be all the greater encouragement to us.
He and he alone is able to make us "more than conquerors" and I am thankful. We can be encouraged that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so much higher is his strength than our weaknesses.
Blessings to you ...Marsha
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