Weakness and Strength
So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 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 12:7-10~
Three things that jump out at me:
- God allows trials in our lives to see how we will respond. When faced with hard decisions or overwhelming circumstances, do you become too proud and think that you can withstand them on your own?
- God can only work when we get out of the way. He is made perfect and strong only when we don’t have anything to do with the solution! We cannot redeem ourselves. Only Christ, who was sent as the Redeemer, can buy us back.
- True strength can only come through the grace and power of God. We should not boast about our ability to overcome hardship, unless the victory was entirely under the direction of God’s will.
- (This is the hardest one to swallow…) When faced with hardship and turmoil, we should rejoice and praise God even more fervently. We have the tendency to throw ourselves a pity party, or just grumble and complain, instead of realizing that each and every hardship is an opportunity to let God work in His perfectly miraculous way.
Are you weak today?