I realized late one morning as I sat at my computer working on my writing and eating a snack that I felt stronger than ever. Immediately the thought came that in truth I was weaker than ever. I was desperately weak, but wonderfully strong.
The apostle Paul writes about boasting about his weaknesses because God’s strength is perfected in his weakness. Christ’s power is on Paul in his weakness. Paul knows he is weak apart from God. It is the Lord’s strength that pours into and through him. Paul desperately wanted the thorn sent to him removed, but the Lord would not remove it so Paul would be humble not prideful. Paul could have easily been filled with pride given his amazingly successful ministry for the Lord, but now he would be in a position of humility and giving the Lord all the glory for what the Lord did in and through him.
That morning I sat at my computer, I had been facing awful spiritual warfare for weeks. I had become really run down, found myself discouraged on and off, faced a flare-up of some longstanding personal challenges and struggles, yet felt stronger than imagination! The strength wasn’t mine, friend! It was the Lord’s! His power resting on me! His strength made perfect in my weakness! His strength in me. His strength through me. Thus would He get all the glory as I pressed on in His strength in life and ministry.
The world teaches us to puff ourselves up, put on appearances, and look strong in the world’s eyes. Pride is abominable in the Lord’s eyes. His grace is enough. His grace is for those who humble themselves! His strength is for those who admit their weaknesses!
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6
Oh, how thankful I am for my weakness. The perfect opportunity for the Lord in me and through me to show forth HIS GLORIOUS GRACE & STRENGTH, Amen!
May His strength be perfected in your weakness. May you humble yourself before Him and yield yourself to Him that the power of Jesus might rest on you! Give the Lord the glory, friend, for His awesome strength and power as He works in and through you to bring glory to HIS NAME! AMEN!
p.s. I did a quick skim of the verses below before moving on to the next message in my writing when I noticed a word that had never had much bearing in my heart until right then. PLEASURE. Please note Paul said he took PLEASURE in his weaknesses! Oh, what a long way I have to go. Thank the Lord for His amazing love, grace, mercy, and patience as He perfects His ways in His children! Oh, thank the Lord!
“Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:5-10