Weakness – The Power of Sonship

As a father carries his son
Deuteronomy 1:29-31
Do not be afraid. God goes ahead and fights for us. He delivered his people from Egypt and led them through the desert. He carried his people in the same way as a father carries his son. Not just when they were tired or despondent, but he carried them all the way and all the time. And so it is with us – he carries us all the way.

Deuteronomy 33:26-27
Underneath our lives are his everlasting arms.

Our Father is just not interested in carrying our burdens; he is more interested in carrying us.

Our weakness and dependence is not wrong. We were not made to be independent but to rely on him.

Isaiah 40:10-11
God carries us like a shepherd carries a lamb, close to his heart, tenderly and in a place of security. Not left defenseless but protected.

The strength and reliability of our Father is contrasted to our own weakness.

Our own effort
We live in cultures that tell us: activity is good, strength is good, weakness is bad, our desire and effort is what makes a name for us.

We are taught that our performance and striving will win God’s favour.

There are good works prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10). But sometimes they can take over and draw attention to us rather than to our Father. Sometimes we try and take on other people’s good works as well as our own and wonder why we end up worn out.

We don’t become sons and daughters through our own strength. We are sons and daughters because we have been born into the family and given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). We can choose to take up that right or continue to live as orphans.

Our example is Jesus. As we become like him we see it is not about our own effort but finding a life of rest and learning to listen to the voice of the Father. Jesus only did what his Father told him to do – he lived a life of total dependence on the Father.

A child can be carried
Jesus shows us something important in Matthew 18:1-5.

We have to change, humble ourselves and become as a child.

Matthew 11:25-27 – the secrets of the kingdom are revealed to those with a childlike heart.

It is hard for a father to carry grown up children but it is easy to carry a little child.

Can we humble ourselves and becomes as a child? Can we lay aside our pride and independence and allow him to reach down and carry us. Unlike an earthly father God never grows tired or weary, he desires to carry us all the way.

As we come to him with a childlike heart we find a way of rest, that his burden is light and his yoke is easy.

He is more interested in you than all of your activity. Sadly, we think it is our activity that wins his heart.

Rely on his love
1 John 4:16-19

We are encouraged to know and rely on his love.

Come
There is an invitation for us to come. To come with a childlike heart and allow him to carry us.

Weakness and dependence are not things to be pushed away. As we embrace them we discover they are the power of sonship.

THEN I SAID TO YOU, DO NOT BE TERRIFIED; DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEM. THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO IS GOING BEFORE YOU, WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, AS HE DID FOR YOU IN EGYPT, BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, AND IN THE DESERT. THERE YOU SAW HOW THE LORD YOUR GOD CARRIED YOU, AS A FATHER CARRIES HIS SON, ALL THE WAY YOU WENT UNTIL YOU REACHED THIS PLACE.
Deuteronomy 1:29-31 (NIV)