December 8th 2009
Strength Through Weakness
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV)
Do you sometimes feel a bit of a failure, not matching up to what you think God wants you to be? We all have weaknesses and we do our best to hide them from others. We want other people to see our best side, our strengths, not our failures or weaknesses. What does God want? He wants to use our weakness to show His Glory. We all struggle with our weakness and limitations. We try to hide them, even denying our failings to ourselves, but God says, I want to use your weaknesses, I want to take that which is weakest about you, and use it as a showcase for my power, I want to show my strength in your inadequacy.
There is not one person that God has ever used who hasn’t had a weakness of some kind. We read stories of Moses, Samson, David, Peter, and Paul – all of them failures in one way or another. We are all human and the older we get the less energy we have to do all we want to do. The old saying “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” is so true – you come home from work thinking you’ll tackle the gardening or decorating, just to flop down on the settee watching the TV instead. Laziness or procrastination is just one of the weaknesses from which many of us suffer. So what do we need to do? To experience God’s power in our lives, we must be willing to admit our weaknesses. Paul says: “I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong”. (2 Corinthians 12:10) (NLT)
Paul learned the value of having weaknesses. He was a man who had every reason to be arrogant and proud, but God gave him what he called a thorn in the flesh – some sort of weakness through which God could display his power. In 2 Corinthians 12:8 Paul prayed to the Lord three times to remove the affliction he suffered, but God said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Paul began to give thanks for his weakness because he realized that it was only through his weaknesses that he was made strong.
None of us know what we will face this week or what we will be going through in the coming weeks ahead, but, Jesus says, “I’m with you. I’ll cover what you lack. My strength will more than make up for your weakness”
Loving Father, You know my weaknesses and what they are and I know that you can work through weak people. So Father I give these weaknesses to you. Use them and Help me to benefit from them and also help others to benefit from my weaknesses. Please take my weaknesses, and use them to bring glory to God.
Study by Angela & John Whittaker-Axon