2 Corinthians 12:7 says that the apostle Paul was given a “thorn in his flesh”, a messenger of Satan, to torment him – to keep him from becoming conceited and boasting about his own strength. Paul recognized that all of his abilities, talents and strengths came from the Lord alone, and not from his own capabilities. He also recognized that his weaknesses were a great way to put the power of God on full display for others to see. In verses 9-10 he says “therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Isn’t it time that we as believers begin to take on the attitude of Paul and look at our hardships and difficulties as an opportunity for God’s strength to be manifested in us? Isn’t it time that we begin to see our weaknesses as an opportunity to give glory to God for the way He works in us and through us, despite our imperfections?
We can see all throughout scripture that God specializes in taking ordinary people, full of flaws and weaknesses, and using them to accomplish His mission and His purpose. If you’re waiting to be perfect to be used by God it will never happen! Instead, start acknowledging your weaknesses and ask God to give you His strength so that other people will be inspired by what He has allowed you to accomplish!
Heavenly Father, I know that I have many weaknesses, but your Word says that your grace is sufficient for me and that your strength is made perfect in those weaknesses. Help me to believe this, and give me the opportunity to display your great strength within me whenever I am feeling weak or defeated. In Jesus’ name, amen.