We wonder, “How can my weakness ever be beneficial to God?” Lynn shares with us just what a gift our weaknesses can be.
“He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power” (2 Corinthians 13:3b-4a).
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul speaks about the thorn he carries in his flesh. He accepts it as a gift given to him to keep him from puffing up in pride. He is concerned for the Corinthians who are drifting from the ways of the Lord. He becomes stern in his admonitions toward them and their need of restoration.
This is background to my thoughts. We each know our weaknesses to sin and the gift we have to repent and receive forgiveness. We have examined, beyond measure, whether our physical ailments are bound to any wrong doings. We discover, rather, that they can be used to draw us closer to God and his strength. He desires for us to receive his loving faithfulness.
I recently read this phrase: “consecrated weakness.” It captured my imagination. At the time I read it, I was having an exceptionally weak day physically. How could my weakness be consecrated? I pondered the juxtaposition of the two words.
I can bring God my weakness, whatever forms it takes. Once surrendered to Him, He can consecrate my weakness, anoint it and make it sacred to Him for his purposes. My focus is to be in the surrender of the limited strength I have. It becomes a knowing and trusting that God’s strength is what I need and what I use to do anything that He asks of me.
In 2 Corinthians 2:9a, Paul received God’s promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” That is a promise for each of us, as well.
It remains a mystery to me that, though I feel so physically weak, God’s strength is helping me get through the day. There is strength to accomplish what I know, in the natural, would be impossible for me without Him. There is, also, strength to accept the days when all I can do is rest, the quiet days. This sacredness, touching me in my weakness, could only come from God.
Prayer: Lord, draw me in my weakness, to receive your strength. Help me to experience your touch of strength even though I do not feel strong.Together we will journey through each day as You bless my weakness with your strength. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 30 years of living with daily physical challenges. Visit Lynn’s blog and sign up to receive new postings in your email box! http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com
Recall a time when you experienced God’s strength when you felt at your weakest, either physically, emotionally, or both. How can you describe that experience to a friend so that they understand it as a real experience? How do you transfer the promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”, and make it real in your life and circumstances?
Surrender, when we each want control over our own lives, is a challenge equal to the challenges we carry in our body and emotions. Here, in song, is a reminder why and how it is done, “On My Knees” with Twila Paris and Dennis Jernigan. (Did you know. . . it is Dennis’ wife who designs our HopeKeepers bracelets! Small world! They are quite an amazing couple.)