Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.…
2 Cor 12:8-10
Who likes to be weak? I don’t. I want to appear strong having my act together at all times. I bet we all do. This scripture reminds us, weakness is not bad in the spiritual realm. My heart knows this, because I am never closer to the Lord then when I am in need, but my flesh doesn’t like the battle. It wants an "always easy,” “have it all together" life.
Recently, in the book ‘Hope Heals' I read a profound thought. Katherine says: “I imagine most of us have fairly straightforward pictures in our heads about what our lives will look like and who we will become. These pictures are mostly made of wonderful things that happened at exactly the right time and make oh-so-much sense. When something happens that is not inside the four corners of that picture, we view it as detour and hope to get back on track as quickly as possible.”
This group of statements can sum up how I feel about my life at times: an occasional semi-bad thing can happen, but I must get back on track with the perfect picture I have of my life as soon as possible. After thinking on this picture Katherine paints, I realized, when I process my life like this, I am not trusting God. I am expecting Him to provide me with the life I want, and not the life He needs to give me to work out my sanctification and bring Him glory.
It is only through the hard times, the tests of faith, these types of attitudes toward God can be exposed. He wants to take all of us to the place where weakness is ok, because it means when we are weak, He can be most clearly seen through our lives. He wants to prove to us, He can be trusted, in the good and in the bad. He desperately wants us to grasp that this life consists of way more than what God can provide for us. It involves His plans and purposes, which may not always line up with my expectations, but will ultimately be the very best thing for me every single time.
Jesus help us to lean into our weaknesses today. We know resting in weakness goes adamantly against the mindset we are inclined to have. Help us Jesus. Please show us in tangible ways you are working through our weaknesses and filling our lives with your all sufficient grace.
You have perfectly prepared the path for us, allowing everything that has come into our lives for a reason. Rid us of our expectations and enable us to surrender our hearts to whatever you have for us in the future, trusting you know best. Use our weaknesses and our hardships to show others who you are, and how satisfying you can be. We love you Jesus. You are worth it all.
'Worth It All' by Ben Cantalon