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The Conceited Woodpecker
June 9, 2015


Pastor  Dave Campbell

There is an amazing and mystifying faith principle in the pages of God’s Word: it is the secret of divine strength in weakness.  We must come to recognize that the Lord loves to display His power through our times of weakness.  A truly effective minister of the Gospel realizes that his extremities really can become God’s opportunities.  When the Apostle Paul spoke about his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10), he clearly understood what God intended to do with his situation.  The Lord told him that His strength was made perfect in weakness.  “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ( Vs.10)  Paul discovered through this infirmity and subsequent epiphany how God’s awesome power and might can backfill our human weakness if we let Him.  You might say it’s the opposite of Darwinism.  Only the “weak” survive.  Certainly the Lord uses our strengths as well.  After all, He blessed us with gifts and strengths to use for His glory.  But something extra powerful happens when we give our weaknesses over to Him and He infuses us with power from heaven. When we understand this faith principle, it causes us to stay low before the Lord, because He’s the only One who gets the glory in the victories we experience. 

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the heedless woodpecker that was pecking away at a large hardwood tree deep in the forest one cloudy day.   He was a happy little guy, minding his business and pecking a small hole in the bark of the tree on the hunt for lunch.  He was so focused on this job that he didn’t notice the storm clouds gathering overhead.  Then all of a sudden, a bolt of lightning came out of the sky, hit the tree and split it right down the middle.  The woodpecker was frightened but unharmed and he took off as fast as his wings could carry him.  But the very next day, he came back with some if his woodpecker friends, pointed at the tree and bragged, “See boys, there she is right there!”  Understandably, his friends were impressed. 

In those glorious moments when we bask in the wonder of our successes and victories, let’s be careful to place the glory where it really belongs. 

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