2nd Corinthians 12 : 7-10
9 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
His power is made perfect in our weakness. I keep reading and re reading that verse, allowing it to sink deep in my heart. The beauty of a simple yet astounding truth. His power is made perfect in our weakness.
If we were all perfect and all knowing, would we have had the chance to experience His power? If we had our own ability to cruise through life, would we have had the chance to allow God to walk with us in our journey? If we could do it on our own, would we really need God?
Truth be told, the answer is no.
If we had not sinned and fallen short of His glory, would God have expressed His unconditional love by sending His one and only beloved Son to die for us? We would have missed the greatest love story of all. That a man would lay down his own life for his friends. That He would bear all our shame and guilt just so we could walk in freedom, in holiness, in righteousness.
We had to be imperfect for God to show us His own perfect love.
Many are the times we Christians grumble and go about life disgruntled because of our struggles. We face trials and tribulations that weigh us down and discourage us from looking up towards our only Helper. In those dark moments, we focus on ourselves, our imperfections and our failures.
Yet we fail to remember that God is always watching over us, that He never leaves us in our times of trouble, that He will always give us enough strength to face the temptations and that through the trials, His power is displayed in us for His glory and honor.
How else would the world know that God is faithful if he didn’t allow Abraham to wait 100 years for his child? How would we know that God delivers if he didn’t allow Joseph to go into slavery and prison before ascending to the leadership? How else would we know that God restores if He didn’t allow Job to lose all he had and regain double portion of it all? How else would we know that God seeks the lowly if He didn’t call fisher men to become extra ordinary disciples?
Above all, how would we have experienced John 3:16 if we hadn’t been alienated in sin and thus required the greatest sacrifice of all, His Beloved?
We should learn to accept that we are weak and need His power every day to win the battles. Maybe, just maybe, we need to stop resenting the struggle enough to recognize what the struggle reveals about us. His power is made perfect in our weakness.