Margie’s life was filled with hardships. She faced enormous physical disabilities and spent much of her childhood in the hospital, unable to receive visits from her parents for long portions of time, undergoing surgery after surgery, all alone. That’s one way to describe her life, but it’s not the whole truth.
It was easy to forget what God had done, but their unbelief was still a serious sin. They persistently doubted that God would be faithful to them. They called him a liar.
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” they asked with skepticism.
This particular question from Asaph’s 72 verses rattles me. It’s too familiar.
When we first arrived in Haiti as missionaries, it was extremely difficult and pretty scary…the embargo against Haiti had been lifted and their president was reinstated by the US military…Should we even be bringing our 7 and 9 year old children into a situation like this? Had God really called us to this work?
Because I was in high school during the 60s, I heard true freedom came from throwing off the shackles of society and certainly the church…I was ripe to believe all the lies swirling around me and primed for the message of my outspoken atheistic college professor whose idea of fun was mocking people of faith. He was singing the song I wanted to hear: get rid of God! Happiness and freedom will be your reward.
Is it possible that our weakness is our greatest strength?
It seems counterintuitive at first, but God is graciously and patiently helping me to see how my weakness draws me closer to him and how his power is manifested through my insufficiency.