“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“So help me God.” It’s a phrase found in most all oaths of office taken by political leaders and anyone being sworn into public office. This simple phrase was made famous by the first one to be sworn into the office of President of The United States, George Washington, as he placed his hand upon a Bible and said those words. Those four words in themselves revealed an understanding in his heart of order and grace. First was the acknowledgment of his need for God’s help, and second was the request for God’s help.
During the Revolutionary War and throughout his presidency, George Washington kept that understanding of the importance of God’s Divine Order and the need for God’s grace, and he constantly relied upon this duo to guide him and lead him as he led others and this infant nation. As he first began to rise to notoriety, some critics noted that George Washington wasn’t that impressive of a person or the standout that we regard him as today. And, even to his own admission, Washington knew that it wasn’t for his own personal ability that he drew this enablement to be such a great leader, but rather the power of God.
King Saul didn’t understand the concept of God’s order and grace and took matters into his own hands as he grew ever more impatient while waiting for the prophet Samuel to arrive. As seen in 1 Samuel 13, Saul took matters in his own hands and offered the sacrifice to God, which began his downfall.
The Apostle Paul, however, had a deep understanding of how God’s order and grace flowed together and made the two his highest aim as God used him to spread the Gospel of Grace and establish churches around the known world.
Today, let us live in the light of God’s order and grace, knowing that as we do, that even in our weakness, He will be forever made strong.