“But HE said to me,
My favor and loving-kindness and mercy
is ENOUGH for you
sufficient against ANY danger
enables you to bear the trouble manfully;
for My strength and power are made perfect
fulfilled and completed
show themselves most effective in your weakness.
I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses
that the strength and power of Christ
may rest ,yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell upon me!
So for the sake of Christ,
I am well pleased and take pleasure in
for when I am weak,
in human strength,
THEN AM I TRULY STRONG, ABLE, POWERFUL IN
II Corinthians 12: 9-10 (MSG)
I have loved reflecting on these verses.
The context is Paul describing the thorn in his flesh that God allowed to reside in his life.
I particularly like the Message’s rendering of this passage. It reaffirms that a weakness can be most anything.
It can be a hardship or an illness. It can be an insult or even something that is just plain perplexing.
We who are so frail in this wrapping of flesh cannot take in all of life’s challenges yet God does not expect us to shoulder it ourselves.
He desires that we depend on Him.
There is a surrender that is sacred as we realize His sufficiency spilling over our inadequacy.
God reveals Himself most fully and perfectly in our supreme weakness.
Isn’t it good to know that displaying weakness really well is a very good thing?
Today, if you find that you have been a bit banged up by life, or still sting from the harsh words of others or perhaps your own.
Do you find you are just simply perplexed by the details of your life?
Run to Him.
Jesus is there with you.
You may not have even noticed that He pitched a tent right over you.
He is dwelling amongst all the
May you feel strong, able and powerful in His divine strength!