Magnifying God’s Glory through My Weakness

“…for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Do you ever feel completely inadequate for the job of parenting? I sure do.

I take comfort in the fact that I am supposed to feel inadequate. The truth is, I can’t do anything. But God can do everything, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

My daughter Bethany and I are reading David Platt’s book, Radical, together. These excerpts were particularly encouraging to me (the emphases are mine):

“This is the design of God among His people. He is giving unlikely people His power so it is clear who deserves the glory for the success that takes place.”

“…the resources of heaven are ready and waiting for the people of God who desire to make much of Him in this world.”

“It is the way of Christ. Instead of asserting ourselves, we crucify ourselves. Instead of imagining all the things we can accomplish, we ask God to do what only He can accomplish. Yes, we work, we plan, we organize, and we create, but we do it all while we fast, while we pray, and while we constantly confess our need for the provision of God. Instead of dependence on ourselves, we express radical desperation for the power of His Spirit, and we trust that Jesus stands ready to give us everything we ask for so that He might make much of our Father in the world.”

My awareness of my weakness drives me to God. I can’t be a mother (or anything else) without His strength. When I’m willing to trust Him, God will equip me with all that I need to do the jobs that He has given me to do. I don’t need to worry about how inadequate I am. I just need to obey. My weakness, bolstered by His grace, is the vehicle He has chosen to make His glory obvious.


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  1. THanks for sharing … it is all about realizing how much we need Him!

  2. Great quotes. I especially enjoyed the last one.

    Thanks for this reminder. Everyday I’m reminded how much I need Him. Blessings!

  3. My head understands this, but where I get confused is how to react to those moments of inadequacy. Especially when I am with someone else. For instance, when I am with my mom, who is not a believer, and everything happens at once and I just am not handling it well… I feel like falling apart is not what I should be doing, but pretending I’m fine isn’t very honest. What does it look like? Or does the fact that God picks me up and send me back in every time and doesn’t allow me to succumb to bitterness at all, is that the point?

  4. I think the key is living a life of prayer and constant mindfulness of our total dependence on God. I can do all things “through Christ.” He is the one who died and rose and ascended to the right hand of the Father, earning me the privilege of coming “boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)

    We ask God to strengthen us when we’d rather fall apart. We draw on His strength when we are weak. We ask Him for the strength to keep our mouths shut when we’d rather sin with our tongues. We ask Him for patience when we’d rather become angry. And we quickly repent when we’ve sinned, knowing that Christ’s blood covers our sin and gives us grace to persevere.

    We also steep ourselves in His Word — reading it, studying it, memorizing it — so the Holy Spirit can convict and direct us with the Word when we would rather respond to people and circumstances in sinful ways.

  5. Thank you, that helps a lot. Really, He is working that in me a little at a time, I can see it looking back. But sometimes I lose sight of it. This really helped and I will continue to ponder your insight.