13th -14th May
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
We all make mistakes. We all fall short of God’s holy standards. But what use is there to drown in the sea of condemnation, particularly when we serve a loving, merciful and grace giving Father. That is not to say that we should take God’s grace for granted but rather, it is to say, once we truly experience God’s grace, we can know we are forgiven and restored. We shouldn’t let our downfalls become our identity.
Although not clearly stated what it was in the text, we know that Paul suffered with a ‘thorn in his side’, something that he had begged the Lord to remove from him on three different occasions. Yet each time God’s message to Paul was that His grace was all he needed. Moreover, God said to Paul that His power works best in weakness. That is not to say that God wanted Paul to become weak, but rather to stop trying in his own strength to overcome his ‘thorn in the flesh’. It was only when Paul acknowledged that God’s strength was made perfect through his weakness, that could God be truly glorified through them.
The same is with our lives too. God doesn’t want us to become weak, but rather have an attitude of complete reliance on His mighty power. Being ‘weak’ is being vulnerable before God, knowing we ‘can’t’ in our strength, but He ‘can’ in His. It is when we admit that we need Him, that His strength is best shown and His grace prevails against our situations and weaknesses. Stop trying in your own strength but rather trust God to be victorious in His strength. Let Him be glorified through your weaknesses. Let us depend not on our solutions but on God’s unlimited resources of mercy and grace. He is all we need.