“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” 2 Cor. 12:9
I am so glad that God doesn’t just use the wise, the mighty, and the noble (1 Cor. 1:26). If that were the case, I don’t think that I would be a first pick! I just want to share a quick thought with you all about what God has shown me lately about my weakness.
Sometimes I try to hide any evidence of weakness in my life, and for one simple reason: Pride. I want people to think that I can handle anything that comes my way, no problem. But I forget that God wants me to be weak. Let me explain myself. You see, His strength is magnified in my weakness. Many times I read God’s promises of being my strength and fortress and I translate that as Him giving me strength and power, and then everything will be fine. Don’t get me wrong, he will give us strength to get through the hard times that will come. But many times in expecting that promise, I am magnifying myself and not Him. I want to look good, and then maybe give God a little bit of credit. But the point is that we are made weak so that His strength can be seen.
Just to give you a little glimpse into my own weakness; about three years ago, our second son, Jackson, was born. He surprised us a bit, as he came 8 weeks earlier than we were expecting him. I remember lying on the bed and hearing the doctor say, “You are having this baby right now.” I fell apart. This was definitely one of my weakest moments in my life. I knew that him being born that early and the lack of resources available in the clinic where we were, made the chances of major complications (or worse), a very real possibility. I would like to say that I became this wonderful pillar of strength, that I had confidence that no matter the outcome, everything was going to be alright. But I didn’t. I was so weak. I just pray that God used this instance and the ones to come (I am sure there will be more) for his strength to be magnified by my life, my words, and my attitude. Everything points back to Him. God has chosen the weak things of this world to confound the mighty (1Cor. 1:27) and those weak things would be us!
This reminds me of one of my favorite verses: Phil. 1:21. It talks about us magnifying Christ in our bodies. His strength is magnified in our weakness. So I guess what I am trying to say is, Don’t be afraid to be weak sometimes. God wants to know that we need Him and that we will use those instances in our lives to magnify His strength.