Right now we bring you one more verse on the theme of weakness. Do you try to remember the context of today’s verse? Do you try to remember Paul? In this chapter, we understand that he had a “thorn in the flesh.” We’re not confident what sort of weakness this is, but Paul asked God 3 occasions to take it away. For what ever explanation, this was not God’s will. The Lord famously responds, “My grace is enough for thee for my strength is produced great in weakness.”
How did Paul respond to this news that his prayer would not be answered? Did he pout and throw a tantrum? Did he shed faith? Did he go into denial?
Paul’s response is properly worth reading in complete:
“Most gladly as a result will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the energy of Christ may possibly rest upon me. Consequently I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I powerful.” (v. 9-10)
Paul realized that his thorn was one particular extra way that he could glorify Jesus Christ. When we do not show weakness, when we admit no fault, when we sweep our wrongdoings beneath the rug and insist no one speak about them, we are pretending that we are sufficient, that we are enough, that we do not need to have God.
But, when we are weak…
- When we get sick
- When we shed a job
- When we appear foolish to other people
- When we pick the incorrect path
- When we neglect our duty
…these are all possibilities for God to repair issues. When He does, He gets the glory — not us. We have a testimony to inform that spotlights what He can do — not what we have completed.
In what strategies has God’s strength been produced great in your weakness?
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