“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:8-10
Our culture is all about telling us how strong and successful we should be or at the very least appear, instead of being weak or appearing weak anyway which is considered a failure, isn’t this true? But not so with the Lord and His followers, as His Word so blessedly attests.
“You made one grave error today and that was this,” the Spirit of God spoke inside my heart one day. “You began by letting me lead. Then you took over because you felt well and figured you were strong enough to lead the way. Please be careful about this. My strength is what you need ALL the time no matter how you feel.”
When we feel weak, we are more prone to seek the Lord’s strength, aren’t we? But as the Lord reminded me that day, we need His strength ALL the time whether we feel weak or not. In comparison to the Lord and His strength, we are ALWAYS weak. And we need to humbly realize this. We need to recognize this. We need to acknowledge our weakness and our ever need for the Lord and His strength. It is in our human weakness that God’s glorious strength shines forth and is demonstrated. It is in our weakness that those around us when we are submitted to God and His ways and yielded to His strength see the Lord’s power, strength, grace, mercy, love, and glory – in us and through us. They witness the strength of God’s Spirit living inside those of us who follow Jesus.
The apostle Paul made this abundantly clear in the scriptures above, didn’t he? He realized that it would be better for him to glory and rejoice in and even boast of his weakness because then the Lord would provide Him with and show forth His splendorous strength. In Paul’s weakness, the world wouldn’t see how marvelous Paul was but they would see how unfathomably wonderful and strong and glorious the Lord God almighty is.
Our purpose in life isn’t to glorify ourselves or others, nor to appear strong to the world in our human “strength”, but to love and honor and serve and obey and adore and revere and praise and worship and bring glory to God almighty. The blessing of being weak is that when we humbly acknowledge our weakness and our need for God and His strength, we receive His strength. And we thereby are given the humbling merciful matchless privilege of an letting the Lord gloriously show the world around us His magnificent wondrous awesomely amazing everlasting power and strength! In our weakness, when we surrender ourselves to Christ, humbling ourselves before Him, we wonderfully partake of and abide in Christ and are blessed to live to bring glory and honor and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ, hallelujah, hallelujah, AMEN!