Meditation for Perfectionists – Friday September 17, 2021
Is Being Weak Okay?
2 Corinthians 12:7-10: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast… about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (vv.9 and 10).
One day as a colleague and I discussed a unique problem she faced with her family, she surprised me by asking, “How come God allows negative situations in my life when I can’t do anything about them?” The apostle Paul, too, was plagued by a particularly painful circumstance. He asked God to remove it. God said, “Paul, you don’t have to try to work yourself out of this. My “no strings attached” gift of grace is enough. My strength in you is best fulfilled when you realize your need.” After talking to God several times about his situation, Paul decided to let go of his striving and accept his human neediness.
Circumstances beyond our control may restrict what we are able to accomplish. We may feel stressed as a result. But when we admit our need, and accept that the limitations and weaknesses are inevitable in this life, then we become strong.
We live in an imperfect world and it deeply affects us all. But God’s power offers hope in the midst of the imperfection.
Lord, please manifest your strength in my weakness.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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