169. Spirit knows our weaknesses.
'The Spirit helps us in our weakness.' (Romans 8:26) When God created man, he did not reach out for stardust but for the dust of the earth because he wanted man to be dependent on him. He had created the angels strong, with inherent power, independent of him, and therefore Lucifer fell in his pride (Ezekiel 28:12-17) and a third of the angels with him ! Not wanting Man, his new creation, to make the same mistake, he purposely created him weak and fragile yet was 'fearfully and wonderfully made'! (Psalm 139:14) Despite the fact that man was not the strongest of all his creations, he still was given dominion over the earth, to subdue and rule over it ! (Genesis 1:26-28) 'You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet. ' (Psalm 8:4-6) As if that was not enough, Scripture goes on to say that 'it is not to angels that he subjected the world to come' (Hebrews 2:5) but to Christ (1 Corinthians 15:24-28) and to his saints ( 6:2-3) Therefore 'it is not the angels that he helps, but Abraham's descendants' (2:16) who have been given the promise that 'they will inherit the earth'. (Matthew 5:5, Romans 4:13) Indeed, God has helped us by wiring us up by his Spirit so that we can draw on his power, as and when needed ! But the reason why we don't experience this power in its fullness is because we seem to be doing well even without it! Many presume and pretend to be powerful when they are not! Faced with the need for power while struggling with the 'thorn in his flesh', the Lord said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) The revelation changed his outlook forever! Paul found the secret to God's power! Therefore, he later wrote: 'I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why for Christ sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) It doesn't seem manly to acknowledge our weaknesses in public but nevertheless, Paul did, because he wanted the world to know that there ain't anything superhuman about the Apostles! He was determined to draw the reader's attention to the treasure inside him and not to himself. He portrayed the Spirit of God in us as a 'treasure in jars of clay'. Clay jars are ordinary and highly breakable yet an all-powerful God chose these earthen vessels to deposit his Glory. 'We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed' because of the Spirit of God within us! ( 2 Corinthians 4:7-9) Amen.