Christians can be discouraged in their weakness. We see the strength of grace in others, joy, strength of faith, assurance and quickly we are reminded of our own infirmities. Is this reason enough to be discouraged? No, for the Apostle says,
2 Cor. 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Does our “smallness” or weakness imply we are forgotten by God? Bridge reminds us of Prov 30:24 that speaks of the four small yet remarkable creatures. Look at the ant who gathers today to provide for tomorrow’s storm. Look at the badger who makes their home in the rock, the rock of Christ. Who fears a single locust? Yet as swords against an army of the locust, the forces of hell will not prevail against the church of Christ. The lizard always finds a way into the house despite our all efforts to keep them out. Look to the lizard who must find Christ.
Jesus told the woman, “…for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” (Mt 15:26) Yet look how she responded, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table..” (Mt 15:27) And because she was persistent and desired Christ, he tells her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” (28)
Weak faith judges by the eyes and the emotions of the heart rather than looking outside of itself for strength. The weak Christian is limited but not unworthy. But even here, weakness is no reason for discouragement. Our weakness does not exclude us from God’s mercy but inclines us to it.
Psa. 6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak (KJV)
If we continually run to the Father does this give us reason to be discouraged? We have as great a share in Christ in our justification as the next Christian. All of Israel drank from the same rock, ate the same bread who is Christ. And if we have Christ, writes Bridge, “then they have no true reason to be discouraged, in regard of their weakness.”
Christ seeks the poor in spirit, the hungry, and those who mourn. He finds us and says, “you are blessed” because you are found. He is gentle with those who are wayward and ignorant. Are your enemies around you? Christ is your conqueror and he will not turn any away. How may kisses are babes given compared to the grown? And when the prodigal son returned didn’t the Father run and fall on the son’s neck with kisses? So if we are weak from our infirmities, why should we be discouraged if Christ has condescended to us as our high priest who sympathizes with us? If you are weak, look outside to the Strong One, and you will be strengthened.