The Pleasure of Weakness
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b
In the Bible, Paul had many things He could brag about. He was a changed man whose testimony is one of the greatest examples of God’s redeeming power ever told. He had a long list of accomplishments and miraculous experiences. However, he chose not to boast about those things but instead to “boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses . . .” (2 Corinthians 12:9-29)
Can you imagine having the perspective of weakness that Paul had? To him, weakness was something to take pleasure in. That sounds delusional. I want to be strong. I want to have it all figured out. I want to be put together. I don’t want people to know that I am not all of those things.
Paul took pleasure in weakness because he knew it was an opportunity for God’s strength to work in his life. In his own strength there were limits. In God’s strength there are none. Of course, it makes sense that we would want God’s strength over our own. However. we are slow to invite His help when we think we can handle things on our own. Until we get to a place of weakness, we may not even spare God a second thought. It would appear that the safest and strongest place we can find ourselves in is a place of weakness as long as our hearts are willing to turn to God for help.
Where are you seeing weakness in your own life? Are you ready to turn to God for help? Remember, God said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
May we always let our weakness reveal God’s power!