Have you ever found yourself in a place of emotional, physical or spiritual weakness? Sure. We all have at times because that's part of the human condition. One of the most beautiful aspects of being a child of God and a follower of His Son, Jesus is that He promises to be the needed supply for the strength we lack. However, I still think we miss the point many times as to just how this happens. Have you ever asked God, "Why aren't You doing something about my weakness?" "Please restore my strength!"
"Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 10:9b-10)
Paul actually enters a place of "glad boasting" when he is weak. How can this be? Because God had just told Him that His grace was sufficient for him. Paul's tone of voice is elevated and his spirits soaring when he is weak. He is elevated in spirit because God has promised what he lacks. It's the promise that causes his soul to rejoice! When we are weak and afflicted there is no cause to bemoan our condition. It's difficult to understand, yes, but if our focus changes to the strength of God, then our minds are fixed on the proper target. In the everyday world most people don't get happy over their weakness. When their strength is restored is when they will throw a party and celebrate. With the child of God, we are given the ability to rejoice when we are weak because the grace of God is there to fill every gap.
Have you ever considered that you are best poised to experience the power of God in ways that are truly authentic and astonishing when you are weak? The strength of God is not necessarily designed to erase your weakness, but rather to display its full and miraculous strength IN your weakness. In other words, in the very midst of my weakness, that is exactly when God shows up and displays His power.
Perhaps our praying in the midst of weak times should change from, "God please remove my weakness and give me strength." ... to "God, I thank you for your grace that is all sufficient to sustain me, and pray my weakness will be the opportunity You need to display Your mighty power through me!" The first prayer focuses on our need, the second focuses on God's power. The first prayer is asking God to do something for you. The second prayer is asking God to do something through you.
If you're in a place of emotional, spiritual or physical weakness today, try approaching your day asking God to do something powerful through you, instead of something beneficial for you.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.
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