Weakness Isn’t a Bad Thing

The truth is we all struggle. We’re not giants, more like wannabes with a little bit of weakling in the mix. We carry doubts, fears, hurts, open wounds, broken dreams, missed opportunities, and consequences everywhere we go. It’s called survival in this fallen world. Life might appear like a bed of roses, but don’t ignore the thorns. At times it might look fine, but it sure can get sticky in a hurry.

Why do we try so hard to conceal weakness? We wrestle to ignore, deny, and blame it away. Why not embrace the weakness head on? Why not readily admit we have a weakness (or two) and learn to live in the strength of another? That’s what Paul did. This guy actually boasted about his weakness in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians. By facing his weakness, He learned to live in Christ’s strength.

9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (HCSB) 

So here are a couple things to ponder as you visit weakness:

What is your greatest weakness and struggle at the moment? Now, be honest with the answer. Don’t ignore it or try to explain, justify, or blame it away. Call it out and surrender it.

Do you want to give God an opportunity? Your weakness is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His strength. Give Him the opportunity to demonstrate His power in your life. Rather than remove it, He may call you to live in daily dependence upon Him. Either way is an incredible example of God’s power.

What is your next step? Don’t be overcome by your weakness; construct boundaries to protect what matters most. What insight does Scripture give to your struggle? Do something!

Am I the only one? Don’t ever think you are the only one. Remember everyone struggles and has weaknesses – some are similar and others are very different. Don’t let what you can’t see in someone else’s life serve to defeat you in your own. We are a tribe of weak strugglers.

And what about grace? God’s grace is always completely sufficient! For where you are weak, He really is strong.

2 thoughts on “Weakness Isn’t a Bad Thing

  1. Anonymous

    We donot want others to both know of our weakness and to see our failure to overcome them. Then the guilt is more than we can bear most of the time, how God must be disappointed.

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