Complete this sentence: When I am weak…
I feel like a failure ….
I want to quit ….
I want to give up ….
I want to cry ….
I want to run away ….
I feel lost …
I think my life is a waste ….
However, Paul said, “when I am weak, then am I strong.”
(2 Corinthians 12:10).
It is rare for us to hear anyone admit a weakness in our day, much less delight in his weakness like Paul does. You almost never hear an athlete admit a weakness. When a celebrity admits a weakness, it is usually only after a scandal has been uncovered. And you will certainly not hear about self-admitted weakness in our current political conversations ….
Paul had reached a level of spiritual maturity where he could not only admit his weaknesses, but he could also take pride in his weakness as being the occasion of God’s strength (2 Corinthians 12:8-12).
Think about that. A man whom most of us have read, a man whom most of us believe, and a man the Scriptures present as a spiritual giant, takes pride in his weakness …. What is the message? What are we to learn from Paul’s example?
Simply and profoundly this: God IS our strength!
When we feel we are weak, God will fill us with His strength ….
When we have failed, God will give us victory ….
When we want to quit, God will strengthen us and help us go on ….
When we are crying out to God, He will renew us with His Spirit ….
When we feel lost, God will be our home ….
When we think our life is a waste, God will show us our value ….
When we are weak, God’s grace will always be sufficient …
When we are weak, God is always the strongest, and we are refreshed, strengthened, enabled by the power of the Holy Ghost which dwells in us to continue on and keep going ….
If this week is anything like last week, or the week before, or the week before that, there will be something that happens that makes you realize that you cannot handle everything by yourself.
It could be a family disturbance. It could be an upset customer. It could be a disgruntled employee. It could be a bad report from the doctor. It could even be another believer ….
Whatever your “it” happens to be, you may find yourself feeling weak, helpless, and powerless. When “it” happens, listen closely and carefully and you can hear God saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Trust that …. Lean all the way into that …. Know that is true. Thank God for His sufficiency. Then, and when you are sharing your story with others, include this statement: “when I am weak ~ then am I strong” …
“And He (God) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Father God, how wonderful to know that You have provided all that is necessary to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. Your grace truly IS sufficient to supply whatever needs and necessities we may have to face, and thank You that no matter how difficult the circumstances that arise in our lives; nor how lonely the path may be, Your grace is sufficient for Your strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.
I pray, my Lord, that You would provide all that I need to face today, and that You would renew my spirit within me as I rest in Your love. Strengthen me in every way I pray: be it emotionally, physically and spiritually; and thank You Father for Your wonderful promise that they that wait upon You shall have their spirit and strength renewed and mount up with wings like eagles. Thank You Lord and praise Your holy name that You are my strength and my God, in Jesus name I pray, Amen ….