Strength in Weakness
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians? ?12:10? ?NIV??
This must be one of the most paradoxical texts in the Bible. Actually the Scriptures are full of it for the ways of God’s kingdom are diametrically opposed to the ways of the world. In His kingdom manifesto (also known as the Sermon on the Mount) Jesus says for example that the meek will inherit the earth.
Here as the apostle begs for freedom he is given this amazing and challenging revelation that every suffering and hardship is actually permitted and possibly even planned by God. For it is in the weaknesses, insults, hardships and pain that God’s strength is both required and displayed. Understanding the value of suffering then leads to this paradoxical declaration.
Do I delight in weaknesses, hardships and pain? Or do I do everything to alleviate and think as some do that the presence of these things is a lack of faith?! There is such a great need to be counter-cultural and be a people who understand God’s purpose in suffering and are therefore able to embrace it in this way. Knowing as we do that in our weakness God’s strength is manifest then we are enabled to ‘count it all joy when we face hardships’ as encouraged in James 1.
May I love weakness so that Christ may be better seen and may the victories of His power be on display daily.