I will boast…gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. …For when I am weak, than I am strong.  II Corinthians 12:10

“I have four children, but I didn’t become a father until I was thirty-five years old,” says Steve Chandler in his book 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself. “For a long time, I saw myself as an ‘older than normal’ father. I worried about it. Then one day I watched ‘The Little Mermaid’ with my kids, and I identified with the father in that movie—vigorous, strong, and wise, with flowing white hair. It was the perfect image. When I thought about who I was at twenty-five and how difficult it would have been for me to be a good father then, I saw my age as an asset in raising children.”

            We all have “weaknesses,”--the things we like least about ourselves or our lives. It is hard to see those things as a channel for strength. Sometimes we just need to interpret them differently by stepping back and seeing ourselves in a different light.

            But these verses also go deeper than just seeing things with a different perspective.  We tend to over-compensate for our weaknesses or deny them. But that leaves God out of the picture. Because we are thinking about ourselves, we lose sight of God’s purpose and power.

            In this verse, God is saying: My grace not only covers your weaknesses, but that’s the place in your life where I show up big. I come through in the places you’d rather hide. In your vulnerability, if you would depend on Me, I would give an extra measure of grace, and the result would be that My power would rest on you.” That’s awesome! I want God’s power to rest on me; I just hate being weak.  In II Cor. 13:4 Paul writes, “[Jesus] was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in Him yet by God’s power we will live….” By God’s power. That’s the key: looking to God in humility. [Summary: our “strengths” can make us miss God’s power, so we see our weaknesses as a gift.]  

*What “weakness” are you struggling with right now?

*How can you choose to appropriate God’s grace in that place? What would that look like for you?

God, I need grace. I hate feeling weak. I hate being insecure. I resist being poor in spirit. But that’s where Your kingdom is. Help me to embrace, not resist,  those things.  You will show up big and turn my weakness into a powerful showcase for Your grace. I want that. Lord, I choose Your way.  Amen.

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