The Apostle Paul writes,
I will boast about my weakness, I will glory in my weakness. (2 Cor. 12:5)
How can our weakness be cause for glorying? Our weaknesses are opportunities for God to display His mighty power in our life, and to show His willingness to exert that power in our behalf; that His name may be glorified.
Paul testifies of his three time request, that God take away a certain weakness, an infirmity, calling it a thorn in the flesh. God said,
My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (II Corinthians 12:9)
God takes our weakness and uses it to glorify Himself, to showcase His power in our lives. Without the weakness in Paul, there wouldn't be the opportunity to display God's power so clearly. There's been much speculation as to the precise nature of this thorn, but this we can be assured of. It was a result of weak flesh.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. (II Corinthians 4:7 NIV)
Our weak vessels of flesh are conduits that channel the mighty power of God. God performed miracles through the Apostles. This same power is available to every believer to live a life that is pleasing to God, to be transformed.
...To do the good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 KJV)
Before the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell within believers at Pentecost, the Apostles revealed the weakness of their flesh. Peter denied Christ, then was filled with power from on high and went on to be a pillar of Jesus' church. The same is true of all the Apostles. By the Holy Spirit they became miracle workers, missionaries, church organizers and leaders. How did Peter speak with such power that day at Pentecost when 3000 souls were converted and added to Christ's church? Without the weakness of the flesh being manifested in Peter as he denied Christ, we would not be able to so clearly understand; it was God's power working through the man that did the work. That's God's grace; sufficient for all we will ever need.
I am quite ineffectual when I lean heavily on my own intellect, rather than the Spirit's wisdom, on worldly credentials, rather than God's power. Some look for man's recommendation instead of to the Spirit. The power of God is availed to His humbly submitted, obedient servants. This grace is realized through faith. Let's look beyond the physical; the earthly, and have faith in God, who is within each of us. He is able to take the weakest, least educated or inexperienced people among us, and accomplish mighty things in and through them; through you.
Our weaknesses are cause for glorying, in that through them, our Savior is exalted all the more.
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