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 that we go to such lengths to proclaim our strengths, actually brag about them, yet hide our weaknesses? Scripture proclaims that when we are weak, He is strong. So how did we get it backward?
I love the story of Joni Eareckson Tada, a paraplegic since the age of 17. While diving into shallow water, she broke her neck and never walked again. She has never sugarcoated her depth of depression, despair, discouragement, and disappointment. In fact, she has been quite open about it all. On a daily basis, it takes many people to get her up and dressed for the day. Her pride had to go out the window a long time ago. Why hide our weaknesses when it’s the one common bond shared by all? Joni’s faith in the Father’s love, care, and His ability to use her in spite of her weaknesses has encouraged many.
When we are weak, He IS strong. He will use our weaknesses to showcase His strengths. So rejoice, you’re not done yet. Your weaknesses have not disqualified you, nor have they made you unfit. In fact, they qualify you to walk in faith. Let His strength be your comfort.
Rely on God’s strength.
You’re not disqualified; you’re empowered.