When God’s Love Meets Our Weakness?

Have you ever had one of those days when it seemed like you couldn’t do anything right? I’m glad for God’s love and understanding when I have a day like that.

I’ve also had days when I’ve disobeyed God and disappointed myself in the process. For those times, I’m thankful for God’s grace, which He built into His love.

In writing Psalm 6, David confessed to having moments like those. Yet, he persistently petitioned God. David knew how God would respond to him in his weakness when he came to Him.

Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:4

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How many times do we neglect to pray a prayer like that? Not so much because we forgot to, but more so because we didn’t want to face the Lord. We might fool others, but we can’t fool God.

So, how do we approach God when we feel we have failed Him? First, get past your guilt, and then go to Him like David did when he began this Psalm.

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Psalm 6:1-2

David prayed this prayer with a heart of humility. Unlike humans, God doesn’t and never will discipline us out of anger or rage. God’s discipline comes by way of His love and compassion.

The Old Testament plainly talks about God’s love as well as His anger. Jesus, however, ushered in a new covenant. Under this covenant, we can draw near to God because of His grace.

That doesn’t mean God no longer disciplines because He does. He wants us to grow and become His mature children. The writer of Hebrews made that clear to us.

And have you forgotten his encouraging words spoken to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t underestimate the value of the discipline and training of the Lord God, or get depressed when he has to correct you. For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child. Hebrews 12:5-6

The Difference Between Discipline and Punishment

What Happens When God's Unfailing Love Meets Our Weakness?

Let’s talk about how discipline and punishment differ. We’ve already talked about the Lord’s discipline. But what about punishment? He will administer His punishment in eternity.

That doesn’t mean punishment doesn’t happen to people here on the earth. It comes from two major sources. We often bring it on ourselves because we reap what we have sown.

The other source comes because of the original sin started by Adam and Eve. The results of that sinful nature don’t treat everyone the same. In fact, some people do much better than others.

Many ungodly people do very well for themselves while on the earth. David even complained about how well the wicked can live and how they prosper and want for nothing.

For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. Psalm 73:3-5

It comes down to this: wealth means nothing to people if they haven’t received Jesus as their Savior. All their riches on the earth won’t keep them from eternal punishment.

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

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God’s Love is the Foundation for His Grace

As Christians, God doesn’t want us dwelling on our fears, doubts, sicknesses, and grief. Instead, He wants us to look to Him. Because of God’s love, we can trust Him through all those things.

The things we just mentioned are real. I know that, and you know that, but most of all, God knows it. David laid all his concerns out before the Lord.

  • Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love.
  • I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears.
  • My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Psalm 6:4,6-7

Likewise, the Lord wants us to bring our fears, doubts, sicknesses, and grief to Him. But David didn’t camp there. He affirmed that God heard him and will answer him.

Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. Psalm 6:8-9

My mind goes to what the Apostle Paul wrote when he asked God to remove a thorn from his flesh. He described it as Satan tormenting him. Look how God responded to his three requests.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Because of God’s love and grace, our weaknesses allow the power of God’s grace to work in us. The rest of that verse contains Paul’s response to God’s answer.

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

The apostle continued in the following verse by telling us what that means and what it looks like.

Take Pleasure In Your Weaknesses

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

So, the next time you feel like the world is against you, look to God’s love and grace. Then, the power of Christ can work through you. When you are weak, in Christ, you are strong.

Lord, just like David, we rely on God’s love. And just like Paul, we understand that through your grace, our weakness becomes our strength through Christ.

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