He Gives Power to the Weak

We are living in a day and time when power is often abused. Most people walking...

He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Isaiah 40:29

We are living in a day and time when power is often abused. Most people walking on the face of the earth do not truly understand the source of power. Due to pride and arrogance many have come to believe and are therefore convinced that power belongs to them. You see, there can be no humility without full recognition of the source of power. In other words, we must acknowledge that power comes from God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and dry land. He reigns over all the earth and there is no kingdom that He does not have rule over. Therefore, power belongs to God.

It is good to know that the LORD who has all power, gives power to the weak. Why does He give power to the weak? Jesus communicates a principle in Matthew 25:29 in the parable of the talents when He says: For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. If this principle applied to power, then the weak would get weaker and the strong would get stronger. We all know that when it comes to wealth, it is the case that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Especially in America where the gap between the haves and have nots continues to get wider. This lets us know that not all principles are universal. Why would God give more to them that have when it comes to riches, but give power to the weak and not the strong?

Power is not to be used to lord over others. Yet many get intoxicated with power and become lifted up in pride and abuse power to build themselves up. So in essence power and pride often travel together. This is not the case when we acknowledge God as the source and giver of power. Because we walk in humility, knowing that the power we have been given is not our own. James 4:10 instructs us to: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. While Matthew 23:12 tells us — And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. 

If you are feeling weak today be encouraged and know that the LORD gives power to the weak. We don’t have to be like those who take power that does not belong to them. We should never take the power of God for granted. The good news is that even in our weakness we have power, because our God gives power to the weak. You have power regardless of your economic status, health status, educational status, employment status, or rank on your job. Simply because the power of God rests upon you when you are weak!

As the nation and the whole world watched in horror the brutal death of George Floyd. Many witnesses who Stood by and millions who watched on social media or television felt powerless as we watched a strong 46 year old African American man plead for mercy with his face to the ground, hands cuffed behind his back, saying “Sir” — he literally called his perpetrator sir — “I can’t breathe” repeating it 12 more times without mercy. He even called out for his mother who died two years to the day of this tragic event. Who really had the power in that nearly nine minute ordeal?

We are all witnesses of our GOD giving power to the weak. The nation and many parts of the world are now standing with George Floyd as systemic racism is renounced and police brutality exposed. People of all ages, races and creeds are saying enough is enough, and taking to the streets to make their voices heard. Although it appeared that the one who cried out for mercy was not heard and ultimately died powerless. The power that has been released is such that the world is saying his name, and taking a knee to honor his life, while dishonoring the one who placed his knee on his neck. Power belongs to God, and He always responds to the blood that cries out on behalf of the slain. The police officers ignored his plea for mercy, but God heard his despairing cry and released power that stirred the hearts of many.

He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength.


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