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When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

by SHERILYN GRANT RELIANCE Burn out Strength Overwhelmed Reliance Dependence
When I am Weak, Then I am Strong
"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

Paul prayed and asked for the Lord to remove his “thorn in the flesh.” Three times he prayed, and three times the Lord said no (2 Cor. 12:7-8). Paul’s ministry had grown. He had seen much fruit from his journeys, and the Lord had given him visions and revelations. There are many things that Paul could have boasted in, but it was his affliction he embraced. He knew it was the secret to true reliance upon God.  

We can learn from Paul how to fully rely on the Lord during times of affliction and trial. Paul kept an eternal perspective. He said, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17). Paul knew that in Christ, we have access to a constant impartation of His life and power. His influence enables our minds, emotions, and wills to be conformed to His likeness. This is why He was able to look beyond suffering to a greater work that was being formed in him, day by day. 

Paul also learned to boast in his weaknesses. To acknowledge weakness is to acknowledge we need help. Only when we look to the Lord and seek His help will His power be revealed in us. It’s hard to admit our need for God in a culture that despises weakness and glorifies independence. Yet Paul would say true strength comes from acknowledging our weakness and admitting our need. 

In fact, Paul takes it even farther by saying we should delight in our weakness. Why should I delight in the affliction that reveals my weaknesses? Because it brings me to my knees. It keeps me on my knees. It reminds me I can do nothing without Christ. When I remember that I am weak, I look to the One who is strong. Paul knew that to rely on his own strength, he could not expect to be filled with power from on high, but if he gave God the glory by admitting his need, he would find Christ’s all sufficient grace and in-dwelling presence at work in him.

Closing Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, It is hard to accept my weaknesses. Forgive me for the times I have tried to serve you in my own strength. I know the fruit that comes from relying on you in me will be much greater than if I try to do it on my own. Help me to remain in a place of complete dependence upon you in all things. Amen.
Question for Reflection

What are some things that keep you from fully relying on God?

Sherilyn Grant
November 23, 2020

My personality has always leaned toward that of a perfectionist. I was the straight-A student who worked hard to please and make everyone happy. I thrive when I have a well-organized plan to tackle. The past couple years have brought unexpected challenges that have taken me down a path I did not foresee. This opened my eyes to see that I had created a false sense of security in myself. My own striving and planning and perfecting could never control my circumstances. Only God is in control of the things that happen to me and the things I face. In this unexpected place, the Lord has taught me that no matter how well I plan, or how hard I work, it is only by relying on Him that I will find peace and strength for the journey.

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