Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Your weaknesses can be a good thing. Why? They encourage you to rely on God’s strength rather than your own. When I rely on my own strength, I get tired. I struggle to get up in the morning and spend some quiet time with God. I become less loving to those around me. Why? Because my strength is limited. I need to learn to rely on God’s unlimited strength instead.
Paul was a strong man. He was proud. He was headstrong. He was straight-talking. He had authority. But he also had a “thorn in the flesh” that made him weak. That weakness forced him to depend on God rather than his own powers. What Paul discovered is the weaker his “thorn in the flesh” made him, the more he had to depend on God. The more he had to depend on God, the stronger he became.
It can be true for us too. You may feel too weak to do anything today. Perhaps you can’t even open your Bible or utter a word of prayer. Maybe the idea of going to worship is just too much. Perhaps you cannot even work or do anything, really. What do you do when you feel like that? You rest in God. Depend on him. You trust him and he will make you strong.
THINK IT OVER
Why do we find it so difficult to admit or show weakness?
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