God is our strength
2 Corinthians 12 v 9 – 10
‘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.’
Maybe some of us are not very good at admitting our weaknesses. I know I’m not! We like to be seen to be strong, to be coping with whatever life throws at us. Maybe we feel if people could see us for who we really are from the inside- including our struggles, flaws and insecurities – it could change their perception of us. Our weaknesses may be hidden from view, but God knows. God does not look at the outward appearance; he looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16 v 7)
Paul says to the Corinthians ‘For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ Actually I think the reverse of this is also true – when we feel strong in resources and abilities we are tempted to ‘go it alone’ and forget about God. Pride can creep in – and then we are weak!
When we are struggling and turn to God for his power to fill us, then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own. Weakness is an opportunity for God to work powerfully in our lives. The more we turn to God and depend on him, the more we will experience his power at work in us, transforming our hearts and minds.
‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4 v 13
Weakness also opens us up to honest conversation with God. The Psalms are filled with the heart cries of David who was often weak, in danger and close to being killed. He was physically, mentally and emotionally depleted and spoke from his heart to God. At times when we feel weak, we can come to God in prayer and be honest and real with Him. We can cry out from our heart and the Lord hears us. We can also take our struggles to someone we trust who will be there to uplift and encourage us through prayer and practical support.