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
Paul had a weakness that tormented him. He had pleaded with God to remove that weakness, but God would not remove it. God stated that His power was made perfect through that weakness.
Weakness is something that is often looked down upon most people as something that is bad or a negative in a person’s life. A weakness is often see as a sign of failure or incompetence.
People are never chosen for being weak. They are overlooked and rejected because of some weakness in their life. That weakness can be a physical weakness or even a moral weakness, either way it is looked as not good and worthless.
It is also common for the individual to see his own personal weaknesses and try to hide them or cover them up. Most people do not want someone else to even know about their weaknesses, it looks bad. They fear rejection or ridicule because of the weakness.
For the believer, his view should be different. Although the weakness does not appear to help directly, it should drive the believer towards God, to lean upon God for strength in that area he is weak. God wants every believer to lean upon Him and not upon their own strength. He will provide the needed strength.
God also has enough grace to lift a person up where they are weak. He is not standing there ready to knock the person over the head and kick him out because of some weakness.
Unlike the world, God is not a God of just judgement, but one of love and mercy. He wants the believer to succeed and will do what it takes to make it happen.
You are no different from any other person. You will have weaknesses in your life, just like everyone else does. Do not fear those weaknesses or be ashamed of them. Take them before God and allow Him to pick you up and use you in spite of those weaknesses.
Trust God in the way He made you and in the way He is forming you. He has all the strength and grace that you need to overcome every weakness in His time.
I pray today that you will know the grace of God; that God will show you His strength and power; that you will rely upon God for His strength; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.