I was reminded of how much I hate being weak when I had to hobble around duck-taped together because of a swollen knee. God used this to renew my perspective on weaknesses. I hope this excerpt adapted from Give Yourself a Break will encourage you too.
We love our strengths. They open doors, garner accolades, and earn money. But no one has only strengths. Everyone has weak areas. The person who gets things accomplished may bruise people. The people person may be easily distracted from tasks. These weaknesses may frustrate and embarrass us. They sidetrack us, but they’re also gifts from God. They keep us humble and reliant on Him, which is His goal.
What about weaknesses caused by emotional or physical injuries, not DNA? Are those also gifts? Joseph told his brothers that what they intended for evil, God intended for good (Genesis 50:20). God uses all our weaknesses—including our injuries—to benefit us. Accepting our weaknesses heals and strengthens us.
“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. 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 12:7-10 NIV).
Remember how Samson lost his power when Delilah cut his hair? With his hair, he had the supernatural power of God; without it, he wielded mere human strength.
What if our weaknesses, like Samson’s hair, are disguised links to God’s mighty power? Paul viewed them that way. If that is so, how does it change the way you view your challenges? Would you choose human strength over Christ’s power?Our weaknesses may limit us, but they strengthen what God can do through us. #hope Click To Tweet
Paul’s limitations included weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties. He saw those as reminders to let Christ take over.
My limitations never limit Christ’s work in me. Quite the opposite. They release His power through me.
Let’s offer Christ our weaknesses and receive His strength.
Lord Jesus, please help me to be like Paul and stop focusing on my handicap and start appreciating the gift. Your grace is sufficient for my every need. May your power be made perfect in me today.
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