1 Chronicles 11:22-23 and How Strengths Become Weaknesses

1ch11_23aChristianity does not make sense in the world. We claim to have to lose our lives to save them and strength is made perfect in weakness, to name just two odd claims. Of course, we worship a God who died, so our backward thinking (to the world) is probably justified.

Not only does God promise that his strength would be made perfect in our weakness, this passage in 1 Chronicles shows the opposite can be true as well–strengths can become weaknesses:

Benaiah, Jehoiada’s son from Kabzeel, was a hero who performed great deeds. He killed two of Moab’s leaders, and on a snowy day went down into a pit where he killed a lion. He also killed an Egyptian seven and a half feet tall, who was holding a spear like a weaver’s beam. Benaiah went down to him with a club, grabbed the spear from the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with it.

This unnamed Egyptian was huge! He was strong. He had an impressive and terrifying weapon. And Benaiah went up to him, took his own weapon out of his hands and killed him with it. Even what this Egyptian had as a strength ultimately became a weakness and was turned against him.

This is a powerful lesson. If we are not working for the sake of the Lord our God, even our strengths can be turned against us and be found to be massive weaknesses that will contribute to our downfall. We must be careful to guard our hearts and souls so that we seek first the Kingdom of God in all we do, otherwise our strengths may be taken right out of our own hands and used against us.

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