Today’s text: 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
It is not uncommon for the Christian to feel an overwhelming sense of guilt when they become aware of their shortcomings. When we come into contact with Christ’s light, we obtain a clearer view of our own weakness. When we are reminded of our weaknesses, many of us respond in fear and despair. We become discouraged and withdraw from God. We become disappointed and start rehearsing and replaying in our minds the reasons why we are not perfect candidates for God’s love. When we are confronted with our shortcomings and weaknesses, we hide in the cloak fear and despair.
Today, the devil may have flashed images of your unworthiness and unfaithfulness to God before your eyes and you may feel a strong sense of guilt, disappointment and despair or you may have been experiencing the love of God in new and exciting ways and instead of being overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving, you are overwhelmed with shame and guilt when you consider the times that you were unfaithful to God.
Paul rejoiced in his weakness because he knew God’s strength is made manifest in the weaknesses of humans. Paul rejoiced in his weakness because he knew God saw beyond his weakness and loved him enough to use his weakness for His glory and Paul’s character development.
My friend, you can rejoice like Paul in your weakness because in the miry clay of your weaknesses, God’s strength is made perfect. We are inadequate to face challenges on our own or give God the worship that He deserves; it is only God who can help us to be victorious.
We cannot win without God’s help. We cannot succeed without God’s help. We are destined to lose every battle that we fight in our own strength, using our own might and intellect. Victory belongs to the man or woman whose strength is found in God.
Do not mourn in your weakness, do not become discouraged in your weakness, do not lose heart in your weakness, take courage in Christ’s strength. Let your weaknesses and shortcomings lead you closer to the God of strength and love.
According to Charles E. Spurgeon, “Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.”
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