The promise shows also that not until we are weak does the Lord bestow His strength. We may be too strong for the Lord to help us. Gideon's army must be brought almost to nothing, before the Lord will use it to overthrow the Midianites. And until we are brought low in our own thoughts, until the discipline employed has thoroughly emptied us of all high imaginings as to what we can do, or we can effect, or we can bear, we cannot be strong in the Lord.
Psalm 34:19 ... Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.