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.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“Do I have to tell her again?”
Do you imagine God thinking that about you on a daily basis?
Or maybe it’s just me.
When I struggle between my faith and my temptations, I know God asks “do I have to tell her again?”
It’s like the church in Corinth. Paul’s second letter to the church was much more personal than his first. His first letter was practical, focusing on the character of the church.
But some questioned Paul’s authority wondering “who are you to tell us what to do”. So he wrote to them again, sharing who he was, and about God’s strength in his weakest moments.
And just like them, I need God to tell me again and again he is strong where I am weak.
A few words in verse 12:9 stood out to me so I looked them up:
- sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation
- power = God’s ability to control people or things
- perfect = satisfying all requirements
- weakness = something that you like so much that you are often unable to resist it
- boast = brag; speak with pride
Food is my weakness, something I like so much I am often unable to resist it. Honestly, it’s out of control.
But really, it’s my weakness that is out of my control.
So what’s a girl to do?
“Do I have to tell her again?” (yes, please).
Paul teaches us to turn our weakness over to God as He’s able to satisfy all our needs.
Then Paul encourages us to brag about those weaknesses. Show others how God’s power makes us strong enough to live with those weaknesses. In fact, if the number of times Paul uses “boast” in this letter is any indication, he wants us to brag A LOT.
So let’s turn to God and brag in prayer:
God, I’m struggling here. I am weak and looking for my “quick fix” of comfort in the pantry again. I’m relying on you to give me the strength to make a better choice. Let me feel your perfect power in my weakness.
Now it’s your turn: what weakness will you brag about today?
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