Certainly no one wants to be weak or fragile, although we all are in some way or another.....so is it possible to look at our weaknesses as gifts? It did not take me long to start to shift my mindset. Our weaknesses draw us closer to God when we learn we cannot do things on our own. Our weaknesses keep us from becoming arrogant or from having the mindset that we can are doing just fine without God's help. Our weaknesses bring us into a deep relationship with our Mountain-moving God.
Paul shared in 2 Corinthians 12 that he had asked God to remove the "thorn" he lived with 3 different times, but each time Jesus responded with, "My grace is sufficient for you. My power works best in weakness." Paul's weakness, his thorn, was never removed. Instead God gave him the grace and strength to preach the good news, bringing the gospel to all he came in contact with in spite of his weakness.
God's power is within us, too, enabling us to live the life God has planned. Paul spoke again in Ephesians 3 about God's power within us. Ephesians 3: 16-19 says:
"Pray that from His glorious unlimited resources he will empower you
with inner strength through his Spirit.
Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is,
May you experience the love of Christ thought it is great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete
with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."
The power comes from God's love for and in us. Philippians 4:13 (paraphrased) speaks more on this subject of strength.
"I can do all things through Christ
who continually pours His strength into me."
Weakness~ fragility~ maybe it is a gift. A gift that brings us closer to God and His abiding love for us. A gift that lets God work in and through us to His glory. A gift that is beyond our understanding, but makes us complete.....weaknesses and all.
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