Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Now here's a thought!

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.


Something in my devotional this morning caught my eye, and as I thought about it, I realized that it ties into the question of my last post Too Much?

Here's the excerpt (Jesus Calling): Your weakness and woundedness are the openings through which the Light of the knowledge of My Glory shines forth.  My power strength and power show themselves most effective in your weakness.

How many times do we pray for strength?  More strength, to endure, to resist, to deafeat trial and troubles?  Give me more strength, Lord.  I need more strength.

Yet we are told (2 Cor 12:9) to glory in our weakness, so that He might be shown.  Not that WE might be shown, but He.  Yet we ask for Him to give us strength so that WE might defeat the enemy.

I think we may be going about it the wrong way, folks.  Perhaps we should be praying to be made WEAK, so that HE can do the fighting and defeating.  So that HE is the subject of our testimony and not our own selves and actions.  (how's that for Too Much?)

But it is hard, I know.  To ask to be made humble and weak.  Even to be broken, if that's what it takes.  Yet we stand in church and sing the old (and new) hymns asking to be just that.  Broken for him, so the He may be poured out from us.  Maybe it's time to delve a little deeper into dependence on Him, to really DO it, to bring that dependence to life.  But I know I can't do it on my own, I need...
strength, His strength, to make it happen.

Praying for strength to be made weak, now there's something to think about!

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