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Weakness is Your Friend



"For when you are weak, then you are strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10


 

The world will call weakness your enemy. In a culture that promotes strength and independence in a variety of forms, we are called to hide our fragility and project an image of perfection and poise.


God frames weakness in an entirely different way - as a gift, a friend, a privilege.


Weakness is your friend. Your limitations, your hardship, your struggles, your sleeplessness - they are a gift from God. They are handpicked for you - this loving God bestowing brokenness as gift, as grace - “For when you are weak, then you are strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).


Weakness drives you to your knees, on your face before the God who sees. And He responds with gentleness and compassion: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9).


Weakness reminds you where your true treasure lies: in the hope of heaven. It protects you from pride and prevents you from believing that you are self-sufficient. Weakness drives you to your knees, keeps you bending low and depending instead of pretending you have it all under control. Weakness relocates your gaze from the mirror to His eyes.


So may we cease fighting against our weaknesses, striving for independence and projecting an image of strength. May we stop despising weakness and start delighting in it. For “God uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong” that we might boast in Him alone (1 Corinthians 1:27).


May Christ’s power rest on us to strengthen and shelter us in the midst of our wrestling with weakness. He will not waste any of our weakness as we hand it to Him. We may even begin to see it as it is - friend, not foe.



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