Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed
Perhaps you have heard of the story of the man named Achilles as depicted in Greek
Mythology. He was a man who apparently had no detectable weaknesses. He was portrayed as a
warrior of warriors, undefeated in battle, until the day his weakness was discovered. A
valiant archer discovered the weakness of Achilles and shot an arrow into the tendon above
and on the backside of his ankle--severing his achilles tendon and
dropping him to the ground--dead.
You may or may not have your own Achilles tendon; a sin weakness that
would beset you in an enormous and devastating way. But chances are, and are most likely,
that you have a sin weakness just as we all do. It may be something that seems to always
get the best of you, or it may be something that sneaks up on you once in the while in the
heat of a moment. But what your weakness is, is not nearly as important as what you do
with that weakness. For just as with many things in our walk with God, how we respond to
our circumstances is far more important than the circumstances alone.
There are many methods we employ to deal with our personal sin area weaknesses. Some ways
are good and others are not so good. We could probably start making a list right now of
many ways that we can think of that people deal with their weaknesses; and our list would
probably be heavily weighted toward the bad methods used. For it is often more difficult
to come up with the good, or see the good in people--which in itself can be another human
weakness. And certainly what we will find to be an interesting phenomenon, is how many of
us would quickly pinpoint the weaknesses of others; while somehow overlooking our own. For
the very weakness and fragility of the human ego often demands casting ourselves in the
better light; and that is a demand to which we often yield.
So what are some of the wrong ways we deal with our sin weaknesses? One way is to simply
ignore them and pretend they dont exist. Yet we know that our sin weaknesses are
like a cancer that eats our bones, and just like a cancer, our weaknesses will not go away
if they are avoided, ignored or denied. Our ignoring our weaknesses may stem from fear to
face it, or a denial that is a result of pride. In either case, it will require the
acknowledgment of our sin weakness, confessing it to God, and quickly getting His help to
overcome the fear or pride, or whatever else would lead us to cover up the weakness,
rather than dealing with it. Its like having an infected sore that you cover with a
bandage and hide beneath your clothing without ever treating it or cleaning it. It will
continue to fester and to be a problem, and it will never simply go away.
Coddling our sin weakness is perhaps one of the easiest, wrong ways to respond to them. We
pamper our weakness and hold it carefully, afraid it will cause us pain if we leave it
unattended. We guard it, but not in a manner as to defend it while it is dealt with.
Instead, we find ourselves looking on it in a self-pity kind of way--telling ourselves we
must learn to live with the sin weakness--and certain it will never go away. This is the
response of the perpetual victim, rendered helpless as a result of a besetting sin and
never able to envision victory over the sin in this life time.
Now let us consider how a warrior would deal with his weakness. He will do his best to
conceal the weakness from the enemy. He will hide it behind his armor and he will take
special care to ward off attacks that threaten to expose his weakness; and he will go out
of his way to avoid encounters that will open him up for him to fall as a result of his
weakness. He will advise his closest comrades of his weakness so that they will be ready
to come to his aid when the weakness looks like it will get the best of him. His friends
will stand ready to defend him as though it were their own lives they were protecting. But
only because they have been made aware of his weakness, and understand his need. The
warrior also has God. God is his Protector who watches over him and helps him to overcome
what he cannot see and much of what he can. God is his Defender who blinds the enemy and
disables the enemies efforts. And God is his Commander who can prepare his way so long as
he follows and is loyal to his Lords commands.
We are to be the warriors in the army of the Lord. We have our sin weaknesses, but they do
not have to beset us. We cannot ignore, avoid or deny them for they will not simply go
away. We cannot coddle and baby them or they will persist. But we must confess our sin
weaknesses to the Lord and find in Him the strength to overcome. We must advise our close
brothers and sisters of our downfalls so they can lift us up in prayer--for the good of
the whole army of the Lord. For if one falls in the front line of battle, how many shall
he take down with him? And how shall any stand once the Achilles tendon
2 Chronicles 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work
shall be rewarded.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the
flesh is weak.
I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to
remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please
1 Corinthians 8:9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that