I May Be Weak, But God's Spirit is Strong in Me!
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Have you heard anyone brag about being weak lately? The Apostle Paul did. He had been through many life-threatening situations. Yet, he didn’t brag that he made it through in his own strength. He knew that it was only God’s strength that carried him. We live in a world that admires strength and pities weakness, but weakness is a good thing. The song “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship has been in my spirit the past few days, I have sang the words over and over again, “I may be weak, But Your Spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God You never will.” Again and again, I have rejoiced and given thanks for His strength which has sustained me during difficult times. Broken vehicles, illnesses, broken bathrooms, changes we are making as a family. He taught us to trust Him wholeheartedly and to lean on His strength when we feel weak, knowing that He will not fail.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, his attitude is one of gratefulness for weakness. The man who once possessed the power to order the imprisonment and execution of Christ-followers, speaks of how glad he is to lack power because his weakness served to magnify how big his God is. God says, “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
Paul understood that in his own limited power, he could not do the work for which God had called him—to spread the gospel to the world. But, by admitting his own limitations, he opened the door for God to work powerfully.
We should have the same attitude as Paul. Instead of relying on our own strength or resourcefulness, we should trust in God to supply the power.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,
in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:10
He's been revealing to me my need for His strength in certain areas. During this season, I want to focus on giving thanks to Him for His mercies and many blessings and He keeps interrupting my thoughts with these verses about my weakness. He reminds me again and again not to bury myself in condemnation for my failings but to instead Embrace His Mercy and let Him be glorified in my life.
Father God, help me see my weaknesses as opportunities for You to show Your power. I offer me limitations to You today. I’m trusting You to do what I cannot. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.