Finding Strength in Our Weaknesses
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 13; 1 Chronicles 2,3; 2 Corinthians 12
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
There are many times in the Bible when what we read seems to contradict what our earthly minds believe to be true. Today’s key passage is a good example of this type of conflict. The apostle Paul tells us that he has been given a “thorn” in his flesh to keep him from becoming conceited. While we do not know exactly what this “thorn” was because Paul never provided details, some Biblical scholars have theorized that it might have been a disease such as malaria or epilepsy, or perhaps a problem with his vision. Whatever the case, we can be sure it was some sort of physical ailment that made Paul’s mission in life more difficult. Three times Paul pleaded with God to take this “thorn” away from him, but each time God refused, telling Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (Vs. 9) What Paul goes on to say in verse 10 is the part that seems to conflict with what we believe to be true based on our human knowledge. He says, “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.”
I love these examples when God takes our conventional earthly wisdom and turns it upside down. Jesus said that whoever is first will be last and that the meek will inherit the earth and Paul said that when he is weak, then he is strong. If you are wondering how this can be true, allow me to explain. When we are strong, we tend to start to feel pride. During our strongest moments, we feel like we can accomplish anything on our own, without any help. While that might sound like a good thing, it is actually the opposite of what God wants for us. God wants us not to try to accomplish things in our own strength, but to accomplish things through His strength. He wants to be our source. During our weakest moments, when things look dark and bleak, those are the times when we can turn to Him for strength. More importantly, God’s strength is so much more than anything we can possibly muster on our own. Therefore, when we are weak, we become strong because God gives us the strength we need to move forward. When we tap into the power of Jesus Christ living through us, we become far more powerful than we can ever be on our own. We can accomplish so much more than we could ever accomplish on our own. When you are feeling your weakest, rejoice in knowing that you can find strength. Rejoice in the knowledge that the power of Jesus Christ is available to you in your darkest hour. Rejoice in knowing that when you are weak, then you are strong.
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Posted on April 12, 2014, in 08 - 2 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Humility, Jesus, Paul, Perseverance, Religion, Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.