The Beauty of Weakness
Posted on May 21, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
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 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Our culture does not look favorably upon weakness. Strength, competence and confidence are applauded and rewarded. Does anyone naturally embrace personal weakness? More likely we shrink away from weakness in ourselves.
There are times we know we are in over our heads and then it is a no-brainer to reach out to God and others for help. But, all too often, we PRIMARILY reach out to God when we come to the end of ourselves. How long it takes to get to the end of ourselves varies from person to person. That is looking at it from a human perspective.
Paul sheds a different light upon our weakness. He says he will even boast, BOAST in his weakness. He wrote that he is CONTENT with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. CONTENT. Content and boasting do not naturally belong in the same sentence as weakness, insults and such.
How could Paul boast and be content in trial?
…that the power of Christ may rest upon (him) (parenthesis mine)
What is more attractive to a watching world, our strength or God’s strength?
What glorifies God more – our strength or God’s strength?
What displays His strength and glory more, our strength or our weakness?
Our strength points to us.
Our weakness allows the glories of God to shine most radiantly without blemish or distraction.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us (2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV).
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Think About This: “Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.” – C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 [c]Because narrow is the gate and [d]difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. –Matthew 7:13-14
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