We would all agree that our world is very upside-down. People and nations measure success by physical and political strength, outward possessions and intellectual achievements. It is very rare that anyone will admit that weakness is a blessing.
Yet, in 2 Corinthians 12:9 we see God’s grace was “sufficient” for Paul as he faced a “thorn” given to him to keep him “from becoming conceited”. This however, is only half of the divine formula. The other half is that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness.” There must be a real and complete admission on our part that we are incapable of, and without any ability to accomplish God’s will and work without His Holy Spirit enabling us. When that is truly our mind and heart, we will experience the perfecting of God’s power in us. This does not mean that His power is ever less than perfect. What it does mean is that our proving the sufficiency of His grace to empower us “to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13) is realized through our admission of weakness.
Is your life and ministry being achieved through your own efforts, or is there a daily admission to God of your weakness and inability if it wasn’t for His grace? Paul concludes this section by saying, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (12:10).
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