When You Feel Too Weak To Stand

There are times in your life when you will feel too weak to stand.

Maybe you’re feeling that way right now. Maybe you’ve been through an extended illness. Maybe you’ve lost hope. Maybe some type of emotional distress has torn you up so badly that you find yourself no longer interested in life, in activity, in … anything, really.

In times like those, ten steps to wholeness and health don’t help. Being told how to fix things doesn’t help. Knowing all the right things to do can help, of course; but sometimes you can’t even get from the now to the try.

Beloved, if you find yourself in that place right now, our Father has an encouraging word for you. It’s found in 2 Corinthians 12:9, and it says:

And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I think it’s interesting that, during Paul’s extreme weakness, God didn’t tell him to buck up.

Father didn’t say, “Get up, son. You know what to do. Start doing it.”

He didn’t tell Paul, “What are you doing here?” even though He did say that to Elijah in another time and another place, when the prophet was so full of self-pity he seems to have forgotten about God.

But what Father did say was: “I’ve got you, son. I’ve got you by My grace.”

And that is what Paul needed to hear.

I think that’s what some of us may need to hear right now, too; don’t you think?

No matter what kind of hard thing you’re going through right now:

  • “I’ve got you, baby girl. You can’t handle it, but I’ve got you by My grace.”
  • “I know you can’t stand up right now. You can barely even walk. But I’ve got you by My grace.”
  • “I know you’re disappointed in yourself. You feel like you ought to be so much stronger. But I’ve got you, by My grace.”

O beloved reader, He’s got you … by His grace.

He’s got you in the down-low and the no-light and the pain and the heartache and the discouragement and the sudden interruption of your plans that were good, good, good.

He’s got you in your physical weakness and in your lack of emotional and mental strength.

He’s got you when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you’re afraid there really might be an oncoming train.

He’s got you, precious child. And He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.

He’s got you, by His grace.

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16 Comments

  1. Thank you I really needed to hear this right now. Thank you Father

    1. This was truly a timely Word for me. Some times, I feel as though nobody understands the inner struggles that I deal with. And to be reminded that His grace is sufficient for me in my test ms and trials is encouraging. I also know that He can bring honey out of a rock when I’m in times of despair. I’m so encouraged on today. Thank you Jamie for listening to Him and edifying the Body of Christ.

  2. Thanks Jamie. I have been prayerful and hopeful. I really need
    a change and well…ahhh- I am so glad
    to have read your post. God Bless you.

    Like Sandra, I needed to read this too!

  3. In a small way this has helped and I will pray and rest in God more with this. Not sure why this week, but I have had “things” trying to discourage me and get me to give up on my former wife. And even in the pyhsical world I can see myself as “crazy”. But I think that’s the enemy trying to plant a seed.

    Please pray for my former spouse… she was truly taken captive by the enemy. And pray for God to give me wisdom on how to proceed so I don’t go before Him. And I would encourage you to join me in this fight. Should you want more details you can read my blog, but I am hoping God’s glory will be shown and that the love of my life will be freed.

    fightformywife.com

  4. Thanks Jamie.I felt insecured,weak but from your prophetic god makes his presence in all of our life

  5. This is beautiful. Thank you Father for your all sufficient grace. That You never leave nor forsake us. Help me trust You in the hard, difficult, dark times. Thank you that You got me in my lack of mental and emotional strength…. Those words are a blessing to me and so encouraging. Thank You Jamie! God Bless You!

  6. You’ve kept my candle burning . . .

  7. Thank you. I feel very hopeless & I don’t know how to stand anymore. I feel very sad because I feel I can’t get through & break through. Please pray for me.

  8. Thank You Jesus. You know just where we are and You meet us there to encourage our hearts and love us back to life.

    Find You in the place I’m in
    Find You when I’m at my end
    Find You when there’s nothing left of me to offer You except for brokeness
    You lift me up, You never leave me thirsty
    When I am weak, when I am list and searching
    I find You on my knees
    (Lyrics from Kari Jobe song: Find You On My Knees)

    You are my Strength, Strength like no other, Strength like no other, reaches to me
    You are my Hope, Hope like no other, Hope like no other, reaches to me

    In the fullness of Your grace
    In the power of Your name
    You lift me up, You lift me up!

    Unfailing love, stronger than mountains, deeper than oceans, reaches to me

    In the fullness of Your grace
    In the power of Your name
    You lift me up, You lift me up!

    Praying for all on this post. May Holy Spirit minister the love and grace of Jesus to you in the most profound way as you worship Him from your low place. Amen.

  9. Catherine Deere says:

    Thank you, Jamie.
    Perfect timing and it’s always nice to hear God’s encouraging words. He is always here for us, no matter what it looks like in the natural.

  10. Thank You Abba for Your loving encouragement that You are the Lifter of our heads and our Strength, You are our all in all.

    On time Word Jamie. Thank you for your obedience in Him.

    Jo – I saw your comment on needing prayer as well as Jamie’s instruction to help lift each other up in his community so I hope you don’t mind me praying for you.

    Lord I ask that You would fill Jo with Your perfect love and comfort right now. That Jo would be able to feel Your arms wrapped around her and find comfort by Your Spirit. I speak hope to be restored over you Jo in the name of Jesus and feel that just as the word the Lord gave Jamie here is confirmation of you resting in His arms and know that He is with you and loves you and hears Your cries. I feel like the Lord wants me to say to you that He has not forgotten you. In Jesus name amen.

  11. Rebecca L Jones says:

    By His grace, in the palm of His hand.

  12. Sarah Mmutlane says:

    Hi Jamie
    Thanks for the message it encourage me your prayers help me and I know and believe he is with me I love my heavenly father Jamie thanks so much

  13. Millie Williams says:

    Hi Jamie,
    May God continually bless you and your family, ministry. Love Millie

  14. Susan Jones says:

    Boy is this a word in season! Thanks. I’ve been battling weakness and sickness for a few years now and I need this word. God bless you!

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