Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God; but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. – Rom 4:19-21
Here in Romans Paul is talking about Abraham and the faith that he had that was credited as righteousness. He faith was strengthened through his own weakness by the belief in the power of God to accomplish what He had promised.
Abraham’s faith is the same faith we have today, a faith based upon God’s power and promise and not our own strength. God promised Abraham to be the father of all of the faithful; a promise which has been upheld through Christ. And now our faith is in the grace of Christ that comes through His death, burial and resurrection.
So now, my faith, being like Abraham’s, is not based in what I can do, but what God can work through and in spite of me. Sarah was over 90 years old when the promise to her was fulfilled. It was not because she had any capability to bear children, it was because God’s power is greater than our weakness.
Therefore, in my weakness I am made complete in Christ because what I am unable to do on my own He does now through me. This means that I can no longer have any excuse not be do what I am called to do regardless of my short comings. So that if I am called to teach, even though I think I cannot, I must because it is Christ working in me through my weakness. Or if it is to encourage, then I encourage, if it is to bless, then bless.
I no longer can see, I can’t, because I know He can. No matter what I think MY limitations are, God can work beyond those limitations to bring glory to His kingdom and His son, Jesus Christ. In my case, I hate speaking in front of people and I am scared to death of it, but hey look, I am a pastor and God blesses that which He has called me to, because it is His strength that shines forth and not my own.
To God be the Glory,