But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In a culture that prizes self-sufficiency, it is hard to see how human frailty could ever be worthy of boasting about. The truth is, that outside of Jesus, it’s not.
When we find ourselves in Jesus’ freedom our weakness needn’t be a point of shame. Rather, it should cause us to grow deeper in connection to him and more reliant on His grace to fulfill what is lacking in our lives. True contentment is all about accepting our own failures and limitations and in it all, placing our trust in the goodness of God. Only then can we allow God to work through our weakness in mighty ways.
As someone who finds my own competency a point of pride, it is certainly a challenge to be content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities, let alone admit when they are present in my world. My experience however reveals this: I am yet to face a trial in my life that has not ultimately resulted in gain. I’ve found greater comfort and connection through sharing the load with friends, more empathy towards those who suffer around me, God’s gentle correction when my heart becomes prideful and my ego inflamed, and always a deeper trust in His sovereignty over my life.
The reality is that there is weakness in every one of us, but when God is present in our lives there is a greater purpose in it all. He is using our struggles and our hurts to develop our character and draw us closer to Him. When you suffer there is opportunity for others to find healing in your wounds and ultimately for your grace-filled life to act as a sign post to Jesus. With Christ in our lives there is strength in our weakness and beauty in our brokenness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steph is 24 years old and married to John. Her life is a testament to the grace of God as she juggles life (never perfectly) as a school chaplain, dance teacher and uni student, all the while dealing with a debilitating illness.
She is a homebody by nature with a secret admiration of architecture and a not so secret love of all things corny and cliché (pop songs, rom coms, musicals etc.).