“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness.” II Co 12:9
We need to be constantly reminded of who we really are by our weaknesses, lest we
overestimate our strength and consider ourselves higher than we actually are.
Paul was greatly endowed as a person and, humanly speaking, he was a head
higher than all his peers. Therefore there was a thorn in his flesh, telling
him that he was mere flesh and blood, and subject to all sorts of weaknesses.
When does the Lord demonstrate his power and strength in his children? When they come to the
end of their rope and recognize their need for Christ’s help. It’s when we let
go of our best effort and let God do his work in us.
We won’t let go unless we have exhausted all our options. As long as we have some strength
left, we will not turn to the Lord for help.
God becomes the strongest in our lives when we are the weakest.
The Lord chose to start working in my life when I had no one to turn to but him. He was
conspicuously absent when I was surrounded by my drinking friends and he
mysteriously appeared when I was isolated and totally alone. He was there for
me even before I learned how to cry out to him for help.
He was there to pull me out of a river when I was drowning and I could have died a thousand
deaths had he not sustained my life every day. He engulfed me in his blessed
presence and enveloped me with his abundant grace, even before I learned to
call his name and to call him for help during my hours of desperation.
Grace is what we need and all we will ever need.
We are the weakest when we deem ourselves the strongest, for God will not demonstrate, let
alone make perfect, his power within us when we are full of natural strength.
He will take all or nothing of the glory for all our achievements and he is not
in a position to share the credit with anyone for their successes.
God was working through Paul and he alone received all the praise for whatever was
accomplished. The apostle was a faithful servant of God and his reward was to
rejoice with his Master, not to receive any credit for the things achieved.
This was the point when I let out a big sigh and quit writing yesterday, for I thought I was
repeating myself and had nothing new to say in my devotional writing. O Lord, I
need more revelation from you, I prayed.
New revelation isn’t what I need; I just need more grace so that I can continue to obey. If
the Lord calls me to do nothing from now on and just to wait on him patiently,
that’s exactly what I will do. Even John Milton lost his eyesight in the midst
of composing his great epic poem, “justifying the ways of God to men.” Who am
O Lord, make your power perfect in my weakness.