Day 22 When weak becomes strong
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
A couple of years ago, I messed up the muscles in my back. We were helping the samaritan center (in chattanooga) move into their new location, they had bought new desks for their new offices. Picking up one of the new desks to be made from the floor, I immediately felt it, the muscle in my back twitched differently, a couple of hours later and a visit to the ER, the suspicions were correct, my back was done.
If you've ever had back problems, you know they like to persist, to not go away and to re-appear when you least want it to appear. I always have to be super careful, knowing that I will always have to ask for help!
We live in a society that values independence! Asking for help, many times, is seen as a sign of weakness. We hate depending on others, bringing inconvenience into their lives! I know that I will do everything in my power to do it myself! It's hard asking for help!
Paul, had to learn to depend on God for everything! We do not know what the thorn in his flesh was, he doesn't tell us. we can guess back and forth but the reality is that He had something that struggled and didn't allow him to fully do what he wanted. Over time God showed him that weakness in the kingdom of God was actually strength! Depending on God doesn't show that you are a kid that hasn't grown up, but a fully develop follower of Christ. In other words, while on earth we are working towards full independence from our parents, in the heavenly kingdom we are working towards full dependence on God!
What a shift in paradigm, that in order to fully show the power of God in earth, we must learn to depend on God. Pauls puts it this way, after crying out to God to take away weakness, God answered this way. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness". Isn't this what we have been asking for the past 40 days?
God wants to remind us that when we look at the early church, we shouldn't desire, above all, the power to heal with our shadows. That what we must desire was their perfect submission to the will of God. For when they were weak, without a master, without a home and persecuted and killed, They became strong and God changed the world through them!
Go ahead! give your weakness to God today!
I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:5-10