One of the common misconceptions of Christians is that God prefers weakness. And sometimes this misconception is exploited by those who hate God and His church. Some might point to Israel’s weakness at the Red Sea or the weakness of David a young shepherd boy or the weakness of Daniel and his three friends in Babylon, or of course Jesus, God Himself being born as a weak baby and then dying on a cross.
But none of these stories actually prove that God prefers weakness. In fact, in all of these stories, there is also great strength: God uses Moses to dry up the sea and drown Pharaoh and his chariots; David knows how to use a sling and sword and kills Goliath; God shuts the mouths of lions and defends from a fiery furnace; and Jesus is born to die, but then He rises in great power.
What we find instead is that the message of all these stories and of the entire Bible is that God is not limited by our weakness. Our strongest moments are still utterly dependent on God’s strength. He is the source of all our strength, and so, He is still the only source of strength when we are weak.
In Hebrews, don’t miss the fact that among the heroes of faith some died, some lived, some lost great battles, some won great battles, but the common element to them all is faith. They believed God and obeyed God in their historical moment. What this tells us is not that God prefers weakness, but rather, God prefers His strength and power. His power is sometimes made manifest when He strengthens us and gives us victory. And sometimes He makes His power manifest by allowing us to see and feel our great weakness, so that He can deliver us in His strength.
Therefore, the most powerful place you can be is in the will of God. God’s plan is to show off His power and might. He prefers His strength. So we want to be right in the middle of His plan, right in the middle of His strength, trusting and obeying.