Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
By Dr. Jed N. Snyder
The modern hero is usually handsome/beautiful, strong, witty and intelligent. So when we hear of someone whose physical impairment is obvious, as in the case of the Apostle Paul as indicated in this short Bible passage, we have a tendency to draw away and try not to have that telltale look of sympathy in our eye. Below is how Paul, himself, described his situation.
“I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.” Galatians 4:12-14 (ESV)
In today’s television culture the outward appearance seems to take precedence over the character of the individual. This is unfortunate because the Lord does not see things like that.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
So the person who seems outwardly weak can be very strong. The outwardly strong will often be inwardly weak. How God sees us is far more important than how we see ourselves or how others may see us.
What does God see when He looks into your character? In your weakness does He see these areas of strength?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
Happy benefiting from “weakness.”