How can weakness or challenges in life reveal God’s strength to us?
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:9)
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:10, emphasis added)
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. (2 Cor 13:4)
Whenever we are weak in an area, it presents an opportunity for God’s strength to be discovered by us. Our weaknesses, when exposed and humbly given to God, invite God’s love and strength to work powerfully in our situations.
Our weaknesses help us to see that there isn’t much that we can do in ourselves and by ourselves. We comprehend our utter helplessness. Problems and weaknesses compel us to turn to the true source of ALL help and power: to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must learn to rely upon God’s grace and mercy, both of which are abundantly available to us according to the Word of God.
In times of need, trial, or crisis, we reach a point where we are ready and willing to yield to God’s will in our lives. Praise God! As the Scriptures shown at the top of this article demonstrate, God is ready and able to meet our needs and to help us. And when He does, it is a testimony to His love and mercy.
He loves to bless us and to solve our problems because He loves us. (Joh 3:16; 1 Joh 4:19; Ps 37:40; 46:1; 63:7)
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Rom 8:26, emphasis added) The Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.
After we turn to the Lord and pray about our area of weakness and need, His power will flow into the situation and turn it around. We then have gained genuine, first-hand experience of the love and mercy of God. This, in turn, enables us to comfort and to minister to other people who are in similar situations. (2 Cor 1:4) It also deepens and matures our faith.
Rejoice in the strength and power of God that is available to you!