“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Weakness is a quality this world frowns upon. It is the state or condition of lacking strength. Along with it is the frailty to succeed in school, at work, in ministry or even in personal relationships. In other words, it is not good.
Paul uttered these words after pointing out that he had a thorn in the flesh, it was a struggle for him to live under such harassment from Satan. Paul pleaded three times that his thorn would be taken away. He clearly wanted God to remove it but the Lord allowed it to remain so that Paul would not become conceited. He lived in the brokenness. He gloried in his weakness.
In the same way for the Christian, weakness is a state in which we humbly acknowledge our inability to succeed. It is in this state that we come to God, not of own effort and merit.
Weakness in us is greatness in God.
Weakness in spirit brings forth the declaration of helplessness and surrender, compelling us to step back, allowing God to be who He is, take over, and demonstrate His glory and might. Weakness pulls us down to our knees. Paul certainly was humbled by his weakness that allowed him to say “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v10).
Weakness in the Christian is the revelation of God’s grace. And in that alone, we can boast.
We boast of our God’s sovereignty and omnipotence. We boast of our Creator’s splendor and might. We boast of our King’s victory and power. In the moment that we allow God to be God, true success is accomplished. The strength and power that God supplies amidst our weakness and limitations bring the ultimate glory to Him and not to us.
Are there things in your life that you are still trying to control, solve, or overcome? Do you have weaknesses or limitations that you cannot accept? Perhaps its time that you hand over the reigns to Him who is truly able, and see how amazing your weakness will turn out to be.
Written By: Anne Ilagan