When you have nothing to give, go to the One who never exhausts in His giving. This is what I always have to remember when I am constantly relied upon to help those in need and I have few clues, none at times, about how to help them. My cluelessness was magnified these past five days. In the midst of giving thanks for my loving husband and children, harmony at this year’s holiday gathering and a personal life of peace and tranquility, I have collided with others’ truths—their not so thankful days of marital challenges, financial struggles and physical and emotional woes. They needed a word, direction, some type of comfort, and I knew I had nothing to give. But God tells the strong to bear the infirmities of the weak, and when the strong get weak, we have to let God bear our infirmities:
“’….My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” 2 Corinthians 12:9).
We always need the power of Christ to work through us, so weakness (like being clueless when others are looking to you for clues) is actually a gift. And without fail I remember this when called upon to support hurting wives and those on the verge of giving up on life. I have nothing. God has everything and when I look to Him for His power, his grace—that divine empowerment to do what I ordinarily can’t do—I am imbued with the Lord’s wisdom to know when to mourn with those who mourn; preach the word of God when I should, and “patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage others with good teaching” (Romans 12:15 and 2 Timothy 4:2). When I know that God is my strength, I can “be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not” (2 Timothy 4:2). I can best bear the infirmities of the weak when I am weak. This is the best way to love others who are in need.
Take a Risk Challenge: Be okay with not knowing how to help others, knowing that the One who knows will give you just what to do and what to say. Your weakness truly positions you to love others in a radical way.