“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Throughout history, God has chosen to use the most unlikely of people to accomplish great things. For example, God used a 13-year-old boy named David to take down a 9-foot-tall giant named Goliath. He used a man who committed murder named Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. This type of story is repeated throughout the Word of God. Have you ever wondered why He chose the relatively weak people to accomplish such great tasks?
I believe God chose the weak so that He and He alone would get the glory for what was accomplished. Imagine if God had chosen a strong and mighty warrior instead of David to take down Goliath. Many would have credited the warrior instead of God for this accomplishment.
I would dare say that many reading this today are dealing with some type of struggle in their lives. In these struggles of life, we can feel very weak and defeated. Not knowing where to find answers. There may be many of you today who are so discouraged by the struggles you face and the feelings of weakness that result.
I want you to know that God has provided another way for us and never intended for us to live defeated Christian lives. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that we must learn that God’s grace is sufficient for every circumstance of life. Paul reminds us in this verse that God’s power shows itself so strong in our lives when we are at our weakest points.
Paul goes on to say that our attitude about our weaknesses can change from despair to joy when we allow God’s power to rest on us. In Ephesians 1:19, Paul describes God’s power when he says: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
What a powerful reminder that can help us to understand the greatness of God’s power that is available to those who follow Him. Paul tells us that we have access to the same power that raised Jesus from the grave to help us with any weakness or struggle we may encounter in this life.
Paul understood that his weaknesses were opportunities for God to show Himself strong. I pray that each of us will see that truth as well today. Dr. Charles Stanley encouraged me greatly years ago, in a message when he said: “We can be tired, weary, and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power, and strength.” May we all move forward understanding how God would have us to overcome weakness!