When I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Jesse “The Body” Ventura once body-slammed religious belief. “Religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people,” he said. Later, he tried to clarify his remarks, but this former wrestler had put into words how our world wrestles with faith.
“Strong men don’t need religion. They make it on their own,” our world says. “People believe in God when they can’t handle the pressure. They reach out for some higher power and never develop the strength and stamina, the guts and determination needed to make it on their own.”
To oppose this view, some Christians celebrate strong men of faith. They put Samson in the ring with Jesse Ventura.
Billy Graham, however, took a different approach. When asked if Christianity was a crutch, Graham is said to have replied, “All of us limp.” Rather than hide from human weakness in a boast of manly strength, Graham stated the obvious truth; in some way, “all of us limp.”
It may be in your relationship with your son. After years of trying, you still can’t get break the silence. It may be at work, as personal conflicts prevent a fair evaluation of what you do. It may be an internal battle with recurrent bouts of depression, something you live with, yet never mention. What’s your limp?
To some, a limp means your wrestling days are over. But not to God. In fact, God himself calls people to follow, even with a limp.
Satan once claimed this world and all who live in it as his own. Yet Jesus came and fought for you. He fought to the death and rose victorious, claiming all those wounded by Satan as his own.
The apostle Paul could never forget the days he persecuted Christians. Yet memories of his sin only caused him to cling more strongly to God’s promises of grace.
This is the wrestling match of faith. Bruised and beaten, bleeding, exhausted, Paul rises and continues to fight. Not in his own strength but in the strength of God. “When I am weak, then I am strong,” he says. Even though he limps, he walks with God.
All of us walk with a limp. But we make our way forward, not with boasts and bravado, but by faith in the gracious strength of God.
Strong Savior, when I limp, draw to near to me, that I may walk with you. Amen.