Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? (Galatians 3:3).
Funny that that should be one of our struggles, isn’t it, to do things unaided, when aid is available?
It’s certainly one of my struggles. As I wrote yesterday, I am becoming better at waiting to hear God’s directive before I start something.
What I am still no good at is continuing as I started, by relying on God’s power, rather than running in in my own strength.
This is true both for things like blogging or writing, which are strengths, or dieting and exercise, which are weaknesses.
Learning to rely on God’s power and strength, rather than a sort of DIY is going to be a life-long battle.
And until I learn the art of asking for God’s help in my area of weakness, rather than simply failing (diet, exercise) or succeeding by overwork (in leading Bible studies, for instance, a strength, or writing), I guess I will not know what Paul meant when he said, “When I am weak, then I am strong. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Or hear Christ say, “My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness.”
The weaknesses I need to rely on God’s strength for are diet, exercise and disciplining myself to be tidy.
And I also need to rely on God’s help in using my strengths–writing and blogging–so that I don’t exhaust myself, and so that what I write has value.