Friday, April 15, 2016
When Weakness is the Gift
Honestly, I did not realize that weakness could be a gift. Who wants the weak one? Aren't we trained as early as elementary school that you have to be strong to be picked for the games. Don't you dread those times when two kids are chosen as team captains with the job of picking the best team. No one picks the weak kids. If you are strong, you are chosen, you are liked, you are king! Or so it seems.
Yet, God, in His wisdom that flows against the world's wisdom, paints a very different picture. He uses weakness to showcase His strength. I often find myself standing in awe at the things I can do because I know I cannot do them in my strength. I stand in awe because I KNOW it was God who just carried that out through me.
Paul experienced something that made him weak. Something that he asked God three times to take away. This was God's reply, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
Then Paul goes on to state,
"So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-11.
Despite the world's idea of strength, God has a better plan. He tells us His power works best in weakness and His grace is all we need. If we believe this to be true, then we can rejoice in our weaknesses like Paul did. We can equate them to a moment of praise because in these moments the power of Christ can work through us! So when we are weak we are truly strong. What a difference of thought that is compared to the world.
So if you find yourself as the "weak one" know that it truly is for the benefit of God's power shining more clearly through you. And isn't that what is most important? Note the verse is not saying that we should not strengthen our bodies, for this is good too but weakness has a way of giving a willing submission to God that strength often blinds us of. This is why I can be thankful for the tick bite. I have no choice in my weakness of body unless God decides to heal it but in that I have found true strength in Christ alone.
What are some areas that you are weak in? Do you see Christ shining brighter here? Why or why not?
How can we pray for you in these areas of weakness?
Lord, thank you for being a good Father and giving us exactly what we need. Keep drawing us toward you. Thank you for being our true strength. Amen.