Power and Weakness – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:3b-10
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Perfect is a strong word to use in any situation. There are very few truly perfect things in our lives. In today’s Key Verse, the apostle Paul used the word perfect about God’s power. Interestingly, it is phrased in a way that shows growth. Look at it again: “My power is made perfect in weakness. God’s power reaches its perfection through human shortcomings. This is one of the most challenging definitions of God’s power so let’s look closer.
First, even with God’s Spirit in us, we are still subject to weaknesses and failures. The Bible is clear, no human being is infallible. That is left for Jesus alone. From the Pope to your pastor, we all come short of the glory of God!
Secondly, God makes the decision on whether to deliver us from our weaknesses or leave us to struggle with our weaknesses, assisted by His grace. We should not try to explain God’s choices but trust His perfect wisdom!
Third, there should be an end to our requests to change God’s mind! Paul asked God three times. Then, after he was convinced of God’s answer, he stopped asking! We should always ask God for total deliverance from our weaknesses and ask repeatedly. But when it’s obvious that God has chosen another method to show His power, let’s learn to release it and stop asking for our way! God is perfect; His power will be perfectly shown in us!
“Father, thank you for your intimate knowledge of me: my needs and my weaknesses. I trust your wisdom and relax in your grace that will carry me when I am weak! In Jesus’ Name, amen.