“The eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9, HCSB)
God knows all and sees all. His eyes are not like ours that He would need to seek something in order to find it. However, for our benefit the Chronicler employs an anthropomorphism in 2 Chr. 16:9 to convey a very particular point: Of all the sons of men on the entire planet, God’s power is most majestically displayed not through those who would boast in their own strength, but through those who, in their weakness, would admit their complete dependence on God.
A favorite song in children’s worship at ABC is entitled, “Get Down.” The message conveyed is that the more humbled we are before God, the more He will prove Himself strong on our behalf. The song is birthed from James 4:10 where the biblical writer instructs the faithful: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up,” (KJV). In the bridge of this song, the children sing the following words:
“In your weakness He is stronger. In your darkness He shines through. When you’re crying He’s your comfort. When you’re all alone He’s carrying you.”
Christian, how might you admit your weakness today so that God can prove Himself strong? How might you come to terms with the darkness within you and around you so that the radiance of His glory might invade and shatter it? How might you pour out your heart before Him, positioning yourself to feel His arms of comfort encircling you? How might you fall to your knees in solitude, so that He can pick you up and carry you through your current struggles?
When your heart is completely God’s you are set up for a success that others can never know. It’s a success that will not be measurable in terms of money, stature, popularity, or power; those things are the rewards of one who is strong enough on his own–rewards that fade with time. But the reward of those for whom God seeks is an incalculable measure of His grace lavished on all who are not “strong enough.” It’s an eternal reward–an indescribable glory known only by one whose heart belongs completely to God.
The message of a world scarred by sin is that in order to survive difficulty you must be strong–brave–proud–self sufficient. But the message of the cross is that you need not be strong enough. You need only be “completely His.”
So how about it? Are you the kind of person for whom God is “looking” that He might show Himself strong? Those who would declare themselves “strong enough” are a dime a dozen. But those who would allow God to prove Himself strong in their weakness–they are the rare treasures among humanity for whom He is actively on the lookout.
Grace and Peace,