Power perfected in weakness…
In one of my recent daily devotionals the question was asked “Do you feel too weak or inadequate to be useful to God?”
Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 verse 9 says “But He (the Lord) said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
We know that the Kingdom of God operates in a higher level and opposite to the way the world system operates. If we were applying for employment, we would be expected to promote our strengths and achievements and not let our potential new boss know of our weaknesses. However, the Lord tells Paul that His grace (favor, loving-kindness and mercy) is enough. His strength and power is ‘fulfilled and completed’ and ‘show themselves most effective’ in our weakness.
Paul’s response is ‘ I will more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! ‘
We know that Holy Spirit comes upon us to empower us, anointing us with strength and wisdom. His favor is sufficient against any danger and enables us to bear trouble manfully. He is a very present help in time of trouble.
Isaiah 55 verses 8 to 9 tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are not like ours. Rather His ways and thoughts are higher even as the heavens are higher than the earth. Psalm 18 verse 30 says His way is perfect. Psalm 103 verse 7 tells us God made His ways known to Moses. He revealed Himself, His character to Moses. How wonderful. What a privilege. We are invited into this same intimate relationship with our Father God. I want that. We are exhorted in Romans 12 to renew our minds; in 2 Corinthians 10 to pull down strongholds and every lofty thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God.
Let’s choose to agree with God’s word that His grace is sufficient for each of us to fulfill the call He has on our lives. He has equipped us. We are not inadequate but rather anointed with power by the Holy Spirit to walk in victory, knowing that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.