Let me be the first to say that as a former Marine, weakness isn’t in my vocabulary. We were “trained” to be the invincible military force for the United States, to adapt and overcome every circumstance we confronted. So why would I ever want to give into weakness?
Not only that but our society is build on the idea of strength; in school we are taught that failure is less than success…don’t get me wrong I believe strongly in the power of failure and am not suggesting that we artificially get rid of failure but few were taught that failure is a healthy part of success…but it needs to be said.
Without weakness how can we understand strength or be strong? Can you imagine if we were never sad; could you really know happiness without the reference point of sadness?
This is a question that has been asked before and I’m certain will be asked again. Even Paul talked about weakness in 2 Corinthians 12
So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We’ve all felt down in the dumps before (if you haven’t then you live in a bubble). We know in Christ we should be joyful and happy but we can’t seem to shake the feelings; But God told Paul and He’s telling us now that His grace is all we need and that His power works best in our weaknesses.
That means whenever we can’t seem to get it together and make something happen; God takes over and becomes our strength. When we’re too sick to take another step; God steps in and walks for us. Whatever we need God to be; he becomes that strength. In that truth begs a question: why would God want us to be weak?
The answer: God works best in our weakness because we aren’t in His way. Under our own strength we make mistakes and create difficulties and most importantly whatever we accomplish in our own strength we will by nature want the glory for it. God operating in our weakness gains the proper glory for what He’s done through us because we know that we couldn’t have achieved it without God’s hand. Plus God is perfection and can help us to avoid the mistakes we would otherwise make.
But what if we were intentionally weak? If God’s strength resides in our weakness then it makes sense for us not to try under our own power to change those weaknesses but allow God to be our strength in them.
I’ll give you an example; God has given me a gift to speak in front on large crowds, a skill He developed in me during my sales career, but my mind moves so fast that articulating words to paper has been a particular weakness…not to mention all the “rules” of writing. However, right now God is healing me of a skin condition called psoriasis which I have all over my hands and have had to wear bright blue surgical gloves to keep from scratching my skin completely off.
The funny thing about these gloves is when people see me wearing them; their reactions are quite obvious and I’ve come to appreciate the amusement in them. But you’d think based on these reactions that I had leprosy and needed to be expelled from the city. So, I’ve had to write in place of speaking for the moment and it’s been difficult because it’s a weakness for me.
But God just keeps nudging me forward and sends me people to tell me things that encourage me to continue; but whatever is good about my writing isn’t my gift but God’s strength working through me to type the right things. Actually, I can always tell when God was giving me the words to write and when I’m forcing the writing…it’s day and night.
The point is its okay to have weaknesses as long as you know Christ because then and only then can God be your strength. So, I would say stop being concerned about the things you can’t do but be reminded of the things that God can do through you and you’ll be fine. If you don’t know God…pray…ask Him into your life and let him be your strength.
Paul was right about one thing “for when I’m weak, I am strong” because God is my strength…and He can be for you too.