God’s Strength is Made Perfect in My Weakness
When life gets hard, the storms in our life overwhelm us and sometimes the only thing we can do is submit to that familiar feeling of hopelessness. It is during these times that our weaknesses become all too clear to us. We feel that these same weaknesses are the chains we become ashamed of the seemingly unending list of our weaknesses. Humans have believed this since our fall in the Garden of Eden. And the disciples of Jesus were no exception. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that they too were facing great adversities because of their weaknesses. However, Paul later wrote a very bold declaration in the same letter.
Paul encourages us that we ought to “gladly boast” about our weaknesses because these emphasize God’s power in us. Our weaknesses exist to constantly humble us before God who is perfect, and for us to discover that we cannot totally rely on ourselves (or on anyone else), for great strength comes from faith in God alone.
However, oftentimes, we approach God proud of ourselves and of what we are supposedly capable of doing. This is not the right way to drawing near to the One True God who is holy. John the Baptist wrote, “He must become greater; I must become less” (Jn. 3:30, NIV). Christ’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. When we lessen ourselves, we give God more room to fill us up with his power and grace. It allows us to gladly embrace our weakness as it opens our eyes and hearts to fully experience great strength in God.
It is also important to remember that our God isn’t a complete stranger to the human experience. Jesus Himself experienced man’s limits in his human form. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Heb. 4:15, NIV). And this was one truth He wants us to know and take comfort from—that He understands what we are going through because He has been there; He has gone before us.
God delights in showing us that He loves us and will never forsake us. That’s why He allows storms in our lives to get stronger so that we may know it is only Him whom we can truly trust to deliver us despite of ourselves.
So when you’re in the midst of overwhelming storms, remind yourself, “God has been here. This is good. God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. I will find strength in God.”
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