“When I Am, Then I Am Strong”

A.B. Simpson Imageby A.B. Simpson

“God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty, . . that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1Co 1:27, 1Co 1:29.

“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor . . . And the Lord looked upon him and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” Judges 6:12, Judges 6:14.

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands.” Judges 7:2.

The strength of weakness leaning upon God, and the weakness of human strength — this is the paradox, this is the spiritual truth of which Gideon’s life is the illustration.

We see this principle illustrated in Gideon’s call. Hiding behind his winepress and seeking by stealth to thresh a little wheat for his family without being discovered by the Midianites, the angel of the Lord suddenly appears before him with the startling greeting, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor!” Gideon felt anything but a mighty man of valor, and he must have looked it, too, as he began to apologize and explain to the angel the helplessness and distress of his people, when the answer came as the Lord looked upon him, and said, “Go in this thy might and thou shalt save Israel. Have I not sent thee?” And Gideon understood that it was not his might nor valor, but the Lord’s, that was to save his country. It was the strength of faith which is always the strength of weakness because it is the strength of God.

This is always the story of grace and the secret of supernatural power. It is ever a paradox to the natural mind. “When I am weak, then am I strong,” is the proper inscription of every victorious saint.

by A.B. Simpson