II Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
There are various times when, as a believer, you will find yourself spiritually weak. There are also various ways the weakness will appear, including being weak in being willing to fight the flesh and the devil, weakness to do what is right, weakness to witness, weakness in getting up in time to have a good personal devotions, or go to church.
The weakness is made worse, though, when we are not willing to do anything about it – including praying. This demonstrates complacency in your weakness, revealing you accept it and do not intend to do anything about it; or, you do not believe anything can be done about it.
If you are a born-again believer in Christ, you can do something about spiritual weakness. Christ has already given you the tools.
The above verse is from the apostle Paul coming to God and asking him to take away a particular thorn in the flesh. The thorn was bothersome to Paul and he sought relief from it. In reply, the Lord said “No.”
Out of Paul’s dilemma, God gave us a principle and a verse that reveals many valuable things to believers. Here are some of them:
- God does not always intend to provide relief.
- God will always give His servants sufficient grace to bear what He in righteousness permits – although He does not necessarily promise we will understand it.
- God can best provide and demonstrate His strength in our weakness.
- Like Paul, God wants us to “glory in our weaknesses” because that is when God’s power can be most easily seen in our lives.
As humans, we naturally tend to gravitate toward things where our strengths will carry us through. In those instances, however, your own strength is working – and not necessarily God’s. God desires that we rely on Him in faith to provide the things we need – including emotional, and sufficient physical and mental health for the tasks He gives.
Whose strength are you relying on now to accomplish the things God wants you to do? It is true that we must be involved and expend our energies, but we also need Him to work – or we are working in vain.