Out of Weakness – Strength!
For reading & meditation – Hebrews 11:30-40
“… out of weakness were made strong …” (v. 34, KJV)
When I first felt the urge to write on the theme: “Strong at the broken places,” I had great difficulty in tracing its origin. Then someone wrote to me, quoting the full phrase from the writings of Ernest Hemingway, who said: “Life breaks us all … but many are made strong at the broken places.” I felt this to be a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit, and began at once to put my thoughts together on this thrilling theme. It is a principle of life that the place in which a bone breaks and then heals will be so strong that, generally speaking, it will never break there again. In the same way, when the skin is cut and scar tissue forms, the healed part becomes tougher than the surrounding skin. If this happens in the natural, why not in the spiritual? The writer to the Hebrews tells us, in the passage before us today, that God is expert at taking the weaknesses of His children and turning them into strength. What an encouraging truth! A traveler in the Netherlands tells how his guide pointed out an historic site. “This is where the sea broke through,” he said, “causing thousands to drown. But see – it is now so strongly reinforced that it will never break through there again.” Have you been broken by life to such an extent that you feel an overwhelming sense of weakness? Then take heart – God specializes in matching His ability to your disability. By His transforming grace, your frustration can become fruitful. You can be strong at the broken places.
O Father, this sounds fine as theory, but can it really become a fact? Your Word says it can. I am ready and eager to learn. Teach me, my Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For Further Study
1. What is promised to the brokenhearted?
2. Why was Jesus broken?