Like you, I feel constant pressure to look better, stronger, and more successful than I actually am. The world likes the strong. We root for them. We pay them millions to be stronger than others. God, however, seems to be drawn to the weak. "Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted ... you do see, for you note his ... vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless." (Ps 10:14-15)
Three simple observations that are really helping me today.
- God isn't attracted to my success, but draws near in my not-enough-ness.
- God sees my troubles. Therefore I don't need to whine about them, or sulk in self-pity.
- God is the refuge of the weak. The weak commit themselves to God, in part because they have no other help.
Strength is great, but deceptive. Success is wonderful, but worrisome. Only Jesus is the kind of God who displays the wonder of God in the weakness of man. I'm glad I don't have to become strong enough for him. He became weak enough for me.