Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12: 9 – 10 (NLT)
Weak is a word that no one wants to be described by because it is associated with being feeble, lazy, frail, slow, or fragile (you get the point). Nobody wants to be seen as weak because it might mean that someone can take advantage of them and walk all over them. And then you read those words Paul wrote which were inspired by God …. “My power works best in weakness” and you suddenly realize that it is okay to be weak because God’s strength is manifested the most at our weakest!
Women sometimes get caught up so much in portraying an image of someone who has it all together, someone who is perfect, someone who is capable of handling anything. We pride ourselves on being “multitaskers” and tease men for not being able to do more than one thing at a time. We shy away from anything that threatens to put a crack in this “superwoman” image, even though that’s all it really is – an image.
The bible tells us in Genesis 1 27-28 that God created us in his image, and we know from Scripture that Jesus Christ is God (John 1: 1). Jesus Christ, in Luke 22:44 was so overwhelmed by the gruesome journey to the cross which lay ahead of Him, that he showed emotions which some people would interpret as weakness. At that moment He must have felt the weight of the world on His shoulder and wondered how and if He would be able to do this; He probably felt weak at that moment. But we all know that He saw the journey to Calvary through to the end because Holy Spirit came through for Him.
That thing which you know in your heart that God is calling you to do, that thing which seems so big that you are convinced you are not strong enough to do, that thing just might be the purpose for which you were created. In order for you to see it unfold, you are going to have to recognize that you are not going to be able to use your “superwoman” powers for this; you’ve tried and you know it’s not working. You are going to have to admit that you are too weak to handle this thing by yourself! Give it up to the One whose power works best in weakness.
~ Christabel Alphonso, Lifegate Women
Read 2 Corinthians 12. What is the “thorn in your flesh” that you so desperately want God to take from you? Listen to Him with an open heart today and hear & receive what He is telling you about that situation.