“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
Paul is talking about something that most people do not want to discuss at all. It is the things that he is weak in. He is willing to talk about his short-comings.
Most people are ashamed of anything that they are weak in. Unless they are complaining, most people won’t even discuss what difficulties that they are going through. People feel that they should be strong and be able to handle any and everything that comes their way.
The world does not like weakness at all. Children who are going to be born with a disease or deformity are often aborted, because they will be weak and a shameful burden to parents. Elderly people are often allowed to die, rather than keep them alive, because they are weak and difficult.
In the church people who have a weakness in a certain area of their lives are often shunned by others. Leaders who have a weakness in one area, are often cast out or ridiculed because of it.
Paul had a different look at weakness. He stated that when he is weak, he is strong. In the eyes of the world this looks like a contradiction and is crazy.
When a believer is weak in some area of his life, it gives God a chance to step in and do something. It allows the grace of Jesus to fill his life. Scriptures say that God chose the weak things of this world to confound the strong and wise.
The more you rely on the strength of Jesus, the stronger you will be. The world will often say that they do not need a crutch and that Jesus is just a crutch.
When you have a broken leg, you need a crutch to support you to walk. In the same way in your life, you are broken and need a crutch to support you. You need Jesus to hold you up.
Do not be ashamed of your weakness, but allow God to use that weakness to His glory. Allow God to be strong in you and through you. Whether that weakness is in hardship, persecution or difficulties, or just personal weakness, God is strong in you. Lean on God for your strength.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will not boast in your own power; and that in Christ you will be strong.