Text :And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The Bible often talks in counter-intuitive statements. Different than the normal flow. An unexpected rub against the grain.
If you want to gain, you must give up.
If someone takes your jacket, give them your shoes too.
If we are weak, then we are strong.
Stuff that can sometimes leave us scratching our heads in confusion.
Because who in their right mind wants to be weak?
I want to brag a little…
However, I’m hoping that as you read carefully, you’d come see that it’s not so much about me than it is about Someone else. I have always been reserved. I usually don’t have plenty to say. Speaking is often tiring, tasking and draining. It doesn’t get any different with Prayer, I always struggle to find the right words to say, much less a sustained conversation with God.
Which is why it is astonishing that today, I speak in Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish and some other languages I’ve not deciphered yet. ( Yes, I sometimes, painstakingly do a research on some very specific words I hear myself speak via Google)
I do all of these in Tongues by the way. While praying in the Spirit. You see, when I received the Holy Spirit, I received him as a full package. See, I’m humble to know that what I have is a gift. A rare one. The gift of Diverse tongues. A tactical approach by a supremely wise God to fill the vacuum / weakness in me.
So although in my natural strength, I can barely speak for a sustained period, but by the Spirit, I have access to different languages at once.!
Needless to say, I am a Talkative while praying! Glory!
Here’s What Apostle Paul Had To Say About That:
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
.That’s a profound truth!
Of course, Paul didn’t start off celebrating his weakness. We find him pleading with God in 2 Corinthians 12:8 to remove his thorn in the flesh, this thing that has left him feeling weak.
But instead of removing his weakness, God speaks into Paul’s weakness. He reminds him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God’s power is often found when we shift from begging Him to remove our struggle to listening to HIm speak into our struggle.
How this fills my heart with hope and sets me free.
God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. That means I don’t have to push or pretend or even try to be perfect. He is perfectly able to use less than perfect vessels.
The Supply of the Spirit flows towards the direction of our weaknesses. There’s a commensurate supply of the Spirit for our flaw.
Where our strengths stops or where our weaknesses begins, His Strength takes over and goes beyond.
We all can draw some comfort in that.
God isn’t waiting for us to impress Him with our strength. And He isn’t shaming us because of our weaknesses. He’s simply inviting us to surrender every single inadequacy to Him so He can fill us with His grace and His strength.
Let’s allow God to speak into our weaknesses today. Let’s ask Him to fill us with His grace and His strength. And let’s grab hold of truth Paul wants every believer to understand – our ability is not based on what we can do. Our ability and strength come from the One who can do all things.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am surrendering everything to You today. Every strength. Every weakness. All of me. And I’m asking You to fill me and use me like never before. You be my strength. You be my hope. You be my power. I know and confess that I can do nothing apart from You. I love You. I need You. In Jesus’ name, amen.