|I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee| (Isa. xli.10).
God has three ways of helping us: First, He says, |I will strengthen thee|; that is, I will make you a little stronger yourself. And secondly, |I will help thee|; that is, I will add My strength to your strength, but you shall lead and I will help you. But thirdly, when you are ready, |I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness|; that is, I will lift you up bodily and carry you altogether, and it will neither be your strength or My help, but My complete upholding. Hence it must be quite true, that when we come to the end of our strength, we come to the beginning of His, and that in Him the weakest are the strongest, and the most helpless the most helped. |He giveth power to the faint,| but to |them that have no might| at all |He gives more strength,| and His word forever is, |My grace is sufficient for thee.| The answer is a paradox of contradictions, and yet the most practical truths, |Most gladly, therefore, will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me; for when I am weak, then am I strong.|