READ: 2 Corinthians 4:7; 12:9; 2 Timothy 1:7
- Sometimes what the Bible says seems contradictory (a paradox). In these verses it speaks as if our “power” is in our weakness, which seems like a total contradiction. Yet, that is the truth. When we are at our weakest, God is at His best. When we are no longer able (emotionally, spiritually, physically, practically), God receives the honor for what happens. He steps in and does what we can’t and He receives the praise.
- God did not expect us to be strong in and of ourselves. He sent His Spirit (Acts 1:8) who empowers us to serve Him in ways beyond our imagination. We are not to be timid, we are to be confident; not in ourselves, but in Him. Paul goes so far as to use the concept of “boasting” in Christ as He accomplishes what He wants to accomplish in spite of our inabilities. What a privilege to know that even in our worst moments, God can actually be honored.
- But that’s hard for us. We are conditioned to be strong. We are told to be powerful. We are instructed in all the ways of exhibiting and exercising self-control and self-gratification. We almost deify “macho”—perfect abs, strong biceps, no retreat, don’t back down, pull yourself together, etc., etc., etc. For Christians, those who follow Jesus, it’s just the opposite. It’s appropriate to admit your weakness, reveal your failure, cry out from your disappointment, and let God be God.
- When, in a time of weakness, have you seen God’s strength?
- Why do you think we are so reticent to reveal our weakness?
- Reflect on a situation when you saw God working in someone else and it caused you great pause and then, great praise.
PRAY: Confess your weakness. Call for God to act anyway. Pray that God is always the one visible.