“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)
Why is it so painful to feel weak? Our pride does not want to admit to or show any signs of weakness. The reason for this is that our pride wants to convince others that we are great and deserving of admiration and respect. But when situations break the illusion that our pride has created of ourselves and our abilities, we feel useless and helpless. It does not help that our culture has in general subconsciously adopted the attitude of survival of the fittest, where the strong survive and the weak are cast aside. When we find ourselves in that position of weakness it is easy to fall into despair; asking if there is any way to regain our shattered worth and dignity.
The wonderful promise is Christ is able to make us strong through our weaknesses. He is in the business of restoration and He wants to bring us life through Him so that we may thrive. Nothing is impossible for God and He is able to use our sorrows and failures to make us strong and display His faithfulness and love. When we have allowed Christ to enter our hearts and seek to be empowered by His Spirit residing within us, He will give us strength to face and overcome the struggles we face. In Him we have an intrinsic worth knowing that He has created us in His image and are adopted into His family when we choose to be renewed by Him. Thus as His precious children we can rest in the fact that He will always come alongside us and lift us up despite our hardships when we call upon Him. Knowing that the loving hand of God is always there to support us, we will have a strength that will remain firm in the midst of adversity and pain. We can take hope in the assurance that while we may stumble and feel weak, Christ will always pick us up and use our sufferings to fulfil His perfect plan for our lives.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.