When my daughter was about four, she had some lively battles with her two big brothers aged five and six. She was little but a ferocious fighter when she was mad at them.
She usually held her own for awhile but as age and weight kicked in on the other side, she would begin to lose the struggle. Little girls have an ace in the hole, though, especially the youngest. It’s a trump card that always works.
And little girls are always right (even if they may have had a small part in beginning the battle).
Weakness can be strength if we realize that we’re not capable of winning without help. And we do have help, you know.
Peter shows us how weak people prevail against stronger people and institutions. Ladies, you can’t convince your husband to believe in Christ by your words? Then convince him with the power of a holy life, pure and full of respect, for him and for the Lord (1 Peter 3:1-6)
And those who are persecuted unjustly, must live so that it will be obvious to everyone that the lies told against them are unfounded (1 Peter 3:13-16).
How about the employee/slave who has a thick-headed boss? Act with humility and a right attitude, remembering that everything you do and say reflects on the Lord (1 Peter 2:18-23).
When we find ourselves as the underdog, the Spirit of Christ in us is a powerful weapon. Instead of constantly claiming our rights, talking behind peoples’ back, and pitching tantrums, put your problem in God’s hand and continue to live with humility and faith, serving others in the Name of Christ.
Gandi and Martin Luther King used a non-violent method, that was anything but weak. They taught their followers to respond with courage and a right attitude instead of with insults and blows. Violence makes rebels into killers just like it does for their oppressors.
Faith in God brings powerful results, more powerful than war would bring because the weak person can never win against the stronger by all-out war. We’ve got to be patient in doing right, though. And live in faith that God is working, even though we don’t see it yet.
I’m not talking about doing nothing! There is a time to stand up for what is right. But we choose to live before the Lord and to do things His way. He’s the one who has the right to take vengeance, not us. He’s the one who decides that vengeance is necessary. When we become our own righter of wrongs we use methods that make us like the person who did the wrong in the first place.
Weak people aren’t necessarily weak. We know it but are we putting this into practice in our lives?
“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19
Many a man, in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl. Stephen Leacock