The strongest weak people - Daily Bread

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Most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

If there is anything that we love to hate more than the arrogance of others, it would have to be an awareness of our own weakness. We detest it so much that we invent ways to cover our personal inadequacy.

Even the apostle Paul needed to be reminded of his own frailty. He was jabbed time and again by a "thorn in the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7). He didn’t tell us what the thorn was, but author J. Oswald Sanders reminds us that "it hurt, humiliated, and restricted Paul." Three times he pleaded with the Lord to take it away, but his request was not granted. Instead, he used his thorn to tap into God’s all-sufficient grace. The Lord promised, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (v. 9).

Courageously, Paul began to "own" his weakness and put the Lord’s grace to the test, a pathway that Sanders calls "a gradual educative process" in the apostle’s life. Sanders notes that eventually Paul no longer regarded his thorn as a "limiting handicap" but as a "heavenly advantage." And his advantage was this: When he was weak in himself, he was strong in the Lord.

As we accept our weaknesses, in Christ we can be strong weak people. – Joannie Yoder

May the Word of God dwell richly

In my heart from hour to hour;

So that all may see I triumph

Only through His power. – Wilkinson


READ: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10


God’s strength is seen best in our weakness.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks... that's just what I needed... I've been struggling with a number of issues and feeling depressed because I haven't been able to overcome them...

Acknowledgment of my weakness is enough.

- bd

kyels said...

I do agree with the Daily Bread and it's just so true.

(:

We all learn how to acknowledge our weaknesses and try to improve ourselves from time to time.