What If I Am Weak?

It’s the best strategy ever seen to make Jesus known. It’s not accidental. It’s the strategy of heaven that weakness and brokenness is how the kingdom advances.
— Danielle Strickland

I do not like to admit I am weak. 
Do you?

If it were up to me, I would much rather show the world I am a really good mentor, a really perfect friend, a really flawless leader for our team, and a really impeccable follower of Jesus.

But I’m not. 
I’m not any of those things. 

If God created me to help His Kingdom come to earth, why am I yet so inadequate? 

If God chose me to make an impact in this generation, why am I just so weak?

Doesn’t this weakness detract from my ability to serve God?
Doesn’t my brokenness render me unqualified? 

There is a guy who, I would assume, felt this same way. 

His name was Jonah. 
Now, before you get all weird on me, let’s just acknowledge the whale in the room.
Ah….I mean elephant. 

Jonah is typically known as the guy who was swallowed by the big fish. 
And if that is what came to your mind, you would technically be right.  

But there is an incredible, dynamic, and intense story here that begins long before the fish ever enters the scene. 
So let’s set the fish aside, and enter into this story.  

Here is how this epic tale begins: 

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.
— Jonah 1:1-3

No ifs or buts. Just the facts.
God said, "Go."  Jonah said, "No," ….and he ran.  

Now, I know I learned in Sunday School Ninevah was an awful place, but still I am surprised with Jonah’s response. 

I mean, if you heard such a clear word from the Lord telling you to go somewhere, wouldn’t you just shut up and go?

But Jonah didn't. 

Instead, he did a 180, headed to the closest boat dock and booked a one way ticket to the farthest place he could find. 


Why would Jonah do this? 

Why would Jonah turn the other way and do the very opposite of what God just told him to do?

It’s something we have. 
It’s something Jonah had. 

We, as human beings, are weak. 

We pretend to be strong, and we desire to be strong. 
Yet the fears, the pressures, the insecurities, the distractions and the temptations of this world often render us curled up in our own, messy little ball of weakness. 

And Jonah was weak.

Now, if I was God (and you can all be happy I’m not,) I would start looking for a new recruit at this point. 

And yet, God continues to pursue Jonah.

Did you get that? 
This is the pinnacle of this story.

God continues to pursue weak, afraid, broken Jonah to be his messenger to a weak, afraid, and broken world. 

And what happens? 
Yes. Jonah is swallowed by a big fish. 
But that is not where this story ends. 

This story ends with a new Jonah, a bold and courageous Jonah, standing in the streets of Ninevah preaching a message of repentance. 

It ends with the people of Ninevah repenting and asking Jonah to share with them the truth and hope he knows.  

It ends with God being glorified through a weak man’s eventual obedience. 

So if we are weak, we are in good company. 
Because, His power is, “made perfect in our weakness.” 

A revival did not happen on that normal day in Ninevah because a weak man walked into town. 

Revival happened because God’s power was shown to be remarkable in the way He used that weak man to cause extraordinary change in that city. 

And if God could do it then, He certainly can do it now. 

So if you are weak, be encouraged. 
We serve a God who specializes in using our weakness.

For when we are weak, He is strong. 
Embrace the strength He can give you today. 
And use that strength to cause extraordinary change in your city, for His glory.