I know we are all easily aware of our weaknesses and failures. We are constantly reminded of them by others, ourselves, or even by the season and struggles that we are facing right now. Our weaknesses are not the big danger that we should be fearing, it’s the fear of your delusions of strength. It’s not us that is strong, it is God that it is strong. It is because of Him that we are where we are today. When you’re telling yourself that it is you that is strong, you are quickly unexcited about God’s rescuing, transforming, and empowering grace.
How would God use our weaknesses and why would he put that upon us? I made a small list below for you to better understand:
— God chooses you to be weak to protect you from you.
— God chooses you to be weak to value the strength that only He can give you
— He is protecting you from the arrogance of self-reliance that temps us all
— You were created to be dependent on the One that made you.
We need to acknowledge where we are lacking Him and confessing our weaknesses to Him. We need to be content in doing that because we know that one we lean upon him for understanding, He will help us. It is thanks to His strength and grace for where we are now.
As humans, the big thing that we miss is, it’s not about us. It’s about Him. It’s about understanding that when we are weak, then we find strength through him and only him. It is thanks to his strength that we can acknowledge where we lack him and we are able to confess and celebrate our weaknesses. We are content with that because we know once we lean upon him for understanding, He will help us.
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Paul is celebrating his weaknesses, because as he did, the power of God rested upon him. He didn’t live a fearful, discouraged, and envious life; he was content because he knew weakness is the doorway to real power. Only a power that God can and willingly supplies.
God doesn’t expect us to come to him all put together. He wants us to embrace our weakness and lean upon him for strength and help. It doesn’t mean you’re less than. Many of his people throughout scripture were unqualified, that is why he qualified and equipped them to do his work and fulfill their callings. He can do that for you too.