And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
It is the strangest of paradoxes. How could something that makes you weak give you strength? How could something that is difficult be good?
For Paul, one of the issues in his life involved pride. There came a time in his life when God allowed something painful into his life to cultivate humility. Paul never tells us what it was. He left it vague. He called it a “thorn in the flesh”, even a “messenger of Satan”. I’m kind of glad that Paul didn’t give us any more details, other than it made him “weak”. Weakness is something I identify with.
I’ve never preferred being “weak”. Weakness makes me vulnerable and needy. I’d rather be “strong”, so I can fight the battles that I think need to be fought. Ironically, being “weak” makes me lean more on Jesus to fight the battles for me.
Do I like being “weak”? Not really. On the other hand, there is nothing in life that tastes better than grace. So maybe my times of “weakness” should be something to embrace rather than shun. If weakness leads to grace, then bring it on.