The story of Uzziah is yet another biblical account of a mighty man demonstrating his own depravity and weakness. The success, power, and stature that God blessed Uzziah with were the very vehicles that led to his downfall. This story ought to be a great reminder that the achievements we have been given in this life can unknowingly prompt us to pride and self-sufficiency. In this, we are not willing to listen to others and soon forget about the great God who gave us these gifts in the first place.
The Strength of Weakness
The Apostle Paul had a problem. A thorn in his flesh inhibited his natural ability to live his life and serve God as he wished. He prayed for the removal of his limitation, but Jesus had something better in mind, and he told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). The entire Bible reveals that power is found in weakness for those who know Christ.
The power of God is clearly seen best against the background of human inadequacy. The truth is that our inadequacy may actually prove to be our ultimate qualification in serving God. The Strength of Weakness takes us on a journey through Scripture to show how, time and again, God exhibited his strength through the weakness of people.
In his mercy God chose to use the weakness in his servant Jehoshaphat to make him into a great leader. God also revealed his strength in the weakness of David in order to defeat Goliath the Philistine. From King Uzziah we learn, contrary to the mantra of our age, that self-reliance will actually destroy us. From these characters and others, Alistair uncovers the secret that acknowledging weakness is the first step to real strength.