Strength in Weakness

A narrow pathway at Petra

I just read a very un-American passage in Paul. I appreciate it.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “But [the Lord] 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. 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.

Paul boasts, gladly even, about his weaknesses. You can’t really do this if your identity is rooted in your perceived strengths. You can only do this if your identity is secure in Christ Himself and His strengths—His power. In fact, it is when our sense of worth and value comes from Who Christ is and how He is with us that we realize our weaknesses are an asset. They become grace places where we are drawn to find in Him all that we need and all that we are.

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2 thoughts on “Strength in Weakness

  1. Thanks Alan. Your words from the other day (Mercy for the wayward) echoed the chronic weakness I see and despise within my own heart. Lately though God has been guiding me into a greater dependency upon Him for changing that weak/wayward or self-dependent attitudes within myself I consider such a loathsome weakness. Thinking about that issue in light of this current post encourages me – again – to rest in His grace, even as I see the limitations of my own “best efforts” to live a life of complete day-to-day surrender to God. I especially appreciate the reminder that “You can only do this if your identity is secure in Christ Himself and His strengths.” My identity must be rooted in His grace…not my works or efforts. Because I have been raised within a culture that values strength and dismisses “weakness,” this concept is sometimes hard to fully grasp.

    • Michael – what a great response. Grateful to share the journey of being strong in Christ in the real experience of personal weakness. Grace to you, brother.

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