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. –2 Corinthians 12:9
I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health that I might do great things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for but everything I had hoped for… Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.*
An unknown confederate soldier wrote these powerful words. He knew the truth of today’s Scripture: it’s not what you have but who you know. Paul wrote another thought about weakness that you should know about: “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25). Don’t be afraid in your weakest moments to lean on the strong and steady arms of your Savior!
1. According to 2 Corinthians 12:9, when might God’s power be best displayed in our lives?
2. What area of weakness can you trust to God today? Remember God can turn our weaknesses into strengths?
*Quoted in When I Relax I Feel Guilty by Tim Hansel (Elgin, IL: David D. Cook, 1979), p. 89.