"Let The Weak Say I Am Strong..."

“Let The Weak Say I Am Strong…”

“Let The Weak Say I Am Strong..”

It’s a good day that the Lord has made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. Father God in obedience to your word, I ask that you guide my thoughts to deliver only what will edify your people so all glory will go to you and remain yours in Jesus Name, Amen.

The title above can be found in the book of Joel 3:10. I met a dear sister sometime ago in the estate where I reside and we exchanged pleasantries. I asked what brought her to my estate at that time of the day. She said she came to meet her husband who was keeping another brother company for the brother was “strong” because he just underwent surgery. So I said “you mean the brother is not feeling well?” So she honestly tried to correct me saying “you don’t say you’re sick when you are but rather say you are strong for that is confessing positive”

Very often you hear children of God make such statements in trying to sound “positive” she cited a song as her authority for her statement.
“Let the weak say, “I am strong” 
Let the poor say, “I am rich”
“Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Now, there are three problems here. First, faith does not deny the reality on ground. But in that situation it speaks the proper scripture to it. Second, only the words “let the weak say I’m strong” appear in the verse. The rest are a man’s contemporary Christian song composition. Third, it is taken out of its correct context and given a new meaning. That is the tragedy of this statement. Any time sentences are taken OUT OF THEIR CONTEXT, it takes on a new meaning, very often contrary to the original meaning.

The big challenge with the people of God is that we are too lazy to delve into reading scriptures let alone studying it. So when a preacher comes up with anything, so long it sounds “spiritual” it must be scripture. Unlike the Barean Christian of old who will always get back to scripture

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10-11

Let me not tell too much stories, let us read the whole chapter of twenty one verses in a different version from the King James.
1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; 5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 6The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it. 9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion. Joel 3:1-21.

This passage in this chapter is NOT an invitation to the weak or tired Christian to strengthen themselves; nor is it talking about God’s power perfected in our weakness. God is speaking to Israel’s enemies, threatening judgment. He is in effect saying, “Get ready and bring it on! Turn your plows into swords, and gardening tools into spears. Psych yourselves up. Tell yourselves that you’re strong and come on down! There must be no excuse, let all the feeble and weaklings psych up themselves that they are strong.

God is speaking in judgment to the nations gathered against his people for the final war (Joel 3:9). God mockingly invites the enemies of his people to gather against him, make their weapons and make themselves strong, when in fact they are hopelessly weak before them. Then he promises to destroy them! He is actually mocking the enemies of his people as he invites them to judgment (Joel 3:12-14).

“Ok bro, if that is wrong what scriptures can we use in encouraging ourselves?”You may ask. Well, there are lots that God gave us. I’ll just give you a few here, you must dig into the scriptures to arm yourself with them. The True Scriptural Exhortation could be any of these:
1 Kings 2:2 – “I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man”

1 Chronicles. 15:7 – Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”

Isaiah. 35:4 – “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.”

Haggai 2:4 – “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts”

Zechariah. 8:9 – “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.”

1 Corinthians. 16:13 – Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

Ephesians. 5:10 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

2 Timothy. 2:1 – “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

I want to believe you have been able to see the difference, Amen
Shalom (Peace)

Your Personal Person (YPP)
Vince Ok

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