Read: “Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” 2 corinthians 12:9-10 (MSG)
Reflect: I have always had a very American version of strength vs weakness. Strong equaled good and weakness equaled bad. To achieve something on my own merit and power meant I was strong and accomplished as a person. To fail meant I was weak and “less than.” This proved to be an adequate way to live: it is motivating and feels great to “win” because winning means my tank gets filled.
Yet, it’s exhausting. There’s always another “win” to strive for. There’s always something I am losing at, and thus am weak at. There are areas of my life that I can’t ever win at. And up and down I go.
Living out the truth that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness has forced me to re-examine just how I view strength and weakness. When I have invited God into my areas of deficit and seen progress and success based on his standards, I have flipped the script on what I consider strong.
I am sure we all have an area of our life that no matter how hard we try, we cannot see long-lasting change. Gossip? A diet? Forgiveness for a certain person? Freedom from an addiction? Discipline with our time? Porn? No matter where we feel stuck, God is ready to come in and fill the gaps with his strength. Amen!
React: Where can you invite God in to take over where you fall short?
Pray: God, thank you for being strong for us. Help us change our view to realize that our weaknesses allow you to invade us and shine. Amen