Strength in Weakness

…for my power is made perfect in weakness

2 corinthians 12:9 [niv]

Something that’s for sure is that we’ve all been through times of hardship..

The thing with these times of hardship is that it can cause many questions to begin to arise; ‘why am I going through this?’… ‘what is the purpose?’ …When this happens it’s very easy to become blinded by negativity and lose hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

When the apostle Paul went through a time of distress he pleaded to the Lord to remove his suffering, He answered Paul by saying “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 [NIV]. In this passage God is saying that His grace is always yours if you trust in Him. The best way for God’s grace to be useable is for Paul to be kept in a place of weakness. God is using a place of discomfort for Paul to activate this grace that enables and empowers. This can be further defined by the fact that God cares more about your character than your comfort. He sometimes denies in love. When God does not take away our suffering and troubles He provides us with grace which is sufficient to strengthen and comfort us in times of distress.

It is in our nature that we don’t like to be weak but, Paul says “For when I am weak, then I am strong” –  2 Corinthians 12:10 [NIV]. Paul embraced his personal weaknesses and presented himself before God as an empty vessel. When you come to understand your weaknesses God can use you. It is so easy in these times of weakness to get angry as it usually does come from a place of pain and hard circumstance, but if we respond to these times with anger then we miss the point of our suffering, which is to come to God.

It is okay to be feeling weak.

I encourage you, if you are at a time of weakness, come to God, present your weaknesses to Him and this will activate the flow of Gods power. God loves you and wants what is best for you which is something that we tend to forget in times of hardship. Go to Christ and allow yourself to receive strength from Him.

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