Weak yet Strong
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand … those who strive with you shall perish. … For I am the Lord your God, will hold your right hand saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ “Fear not you worm Jacob, … I will help you,” says the Lord. And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. “Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and make the hills like chaff.” (Is. 41: 10-15)
Faith is recognizing that I am a weak worm unable to face my enemies by myself; I need the Lord who makes me like the threshing sledge threshing the mountains and beating them small. Proclaim to yourself, ‘The Lord, who is upholding me with His righteous right hand, makes me, the worm, a threshing sledge threshing the mountains. Thank the Lord, for loving the worm and dying for it on the cross.
Jesus became a worm carrying my shame and pain. This allowed me to thresh the inner mountains of fear, disturbance, inferiority and the outer mountains of family or work problems casting away the evil spirits that cause them.
“I was so foolish (worm) and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; You hold me by my right hand.” (Ps. 73: 22, 23) Asaph confesses that he is like a worm, but the Lord is upholding him with His right hand. Thus, he can thresh the mountains of sin and evil spirits.
Solomon wrote 29 chapters of Proverbs while Agur wrote only two. However, Proverbs wouldn’t be complete without these two chapters of Agur confirming that his contribution is as important as Solomon’s in spite of his words, “Surely, I am more stupid than any man, I neither learned wisdom nor have knowledge of the Holy one.” (Prov. 30: 2). However, the Lord gave him worth, and wisdom, because He loved him and upheld him with His right hand.
“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise” (Prov. 30: 24) The Bible speaks about four very weak beings, but the Lord made them very wise. By faith, you see that you are small, helpless, and that nothing good dwells in you; nevertheless, very wise because of the Lord.
Ants: “The Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;” (Prov. 30: 25) Proverbs also says, “Go to the ant you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest” (Prov. 6: 6-8) Be active like the ant in your spiritual life; collect for the future and be ready for spiritual winter by attending spiritual meetings, studying the word of God and memorizing verses. Redeem the times!!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys” (Matt. 6: 19-20) Lay up your treasure in heaven; just like the ant that gathers for the future. Seek to possess faith that enables you to transfer your money to heaven by giving to the work of the Lord and to the poor … You need to have stores to store verses and Bible studies to use during the famine
The rock badgers: “the rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags;” (Prov. 30: 26). By faith you have a shelter like the rock badgers that enjoy protection as they make their homes in the crags. The wind cannot pull them down or destroy them!
Is your house protected, or is it built on the sand: the wind blows it and it falls.
Build your house on the Word (live by the Word) to be safe like Noah and his family inside the ark; and to be like the family that was protected from the destroyer by the blood on the lintel and two posts.
Build your house on the rock of ages to enjoy the protection of angels and the failure of every weapon set against you. The blood of Jesus protects you from curses and from the evil spirits.
Proclaim: I am with the Lord in the boat, my boat shall not sink; I am protected by the angels, I am inside the ark!!
The Locusts: “The Locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks” (Prov. 30: 27) A singular locust is weak, but the swarm of locusts together are strong. The first lesson is: You need to have fellowship with believers to be strong. “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1Cor. 1: 10). We need to pray for unity in our families and our churches; to carry each others’ burdens and to wash each others’ feet. Always remember that a single locust is very weak.
The spider: “The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces.” (Prov. 30: 28). The spider is also very weak but able to reach the king’s palace. Faith enables you to see yourself living a glorious life and releases you from any sense of shame. You can claim:
- I am the worm Jacob, but grace lifted me up to the king’s palace in glory!
- I am in Christ, therefore I am filled by the Holy Spirit … the spirit of glory!
- My sins have been forgiven because of the precious blood of Jesus!
- I am a worm, but the Lord made me a threshing sledge that threshes the mountains!
- Whoever wars against me shall perish because the Lord holds my right hand telling me: “Fear not I will help you!!” (Is. 41: 14)