July 25, 2019
It’s in our weakest, most vulnerable moments that HE IS MADE STRONG! The exact wording tells us that “His strength is made PERFECT in weakness.” But what precisely does that mean?
There’s seasons in life that are overtly and beyond difficult — the hardest are those by which we have NO control over. Situations that render us void of control usually hit without warning and can virtually change our lives instantaneously. Normally we do not see these changes for the better, but for the WORST. So why would James also tell us to count it all JOY when facing trials of all kinds that many times render us weak, feeling defeated, and even powerless? Is this really a “bad” position to be in after all?
“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” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9, KJV
Take a look at the word “perfect” in the Greek to get a better understanding of what this beautiful passage means:
Teleioō is the Greek word meaning “perfect”. It means:
~ To make perfect, complete; To CARRY THROUGH COMPLETELY, to accomplish, finish, BRING TO AN END.
~ To complete (perfect); ADD WHAT IS YET WANTING IN ORDER TO RENDER A THING FULL; To be found perfect.
It’s in our times of weakness and vulnerability that Jesus Christ CARRIES US THROUGH … and not partially, but COMPLETELY! (As the meaning of teleioo tells us). We must learn to keep a permanent residence in HIS strength that He may ACCOMPLISH, FINISH, and BRING TO AN END whatever we are facing that seeks to keep us down and out of the game and on the bench. Truth is, when we have the knowledge of what 2 Corinthians 12:9 fully means, then we are able to see how GOOD it is to be in a BAD situation!
WEAKNESS IS NOT A WEAKNESS. It’s our GREATEST STRENGTH according to 2 Corinthians 12:9. It’s ONLY in our weaknesses that the FULLNESS OF CHRIST’s POWER can rest upon us. This is why the Apostle Paul said that he would GLADLY rather glory in his infirmities (infirmities means “weaknesses” in this context.) Do you GLORY in your weaknesses or allow them to cause emotional havoc?
It’s difficult to imagine welcoming infirmities into our lives. We hate struggle and suffering, yet we will find in the Bible that it’s in the magnitude of their sufferings that the fullness of Christ’s power was made manifest through the disciples. In the GREATEST of their sufferings was also their FINEST HOURS!
The promise He gives in the scripture above is only achieved by the same GRACE bestowed unto us in salvation. His supply of grace is limitless. It can never run out or run dry — it can however, run OVER. It’s this grace that helps us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We cannot beg, borrow, or buy our way out of the NATURAL sufferings and infirmities that find their way to us in our lifetime … and we shouldn’t want to. It’s in our natural weaknesses that His grace provides the SUPERnatural STRENGTH that’s required to meet every need. And with strength comes POWER! (Just a tad oxymoron in that last statement — when we are weak, then we are strong!)
It’s by His strength that He ADDS WHAT’S YET WANTING IN US IN ORDER TO RENDER US FULL! Full of what? Full of POWER! HIS POWER! When He sees us empty and riddled in weakness, it is then that He simply POURS His strength into us, which in turn fills us with the measure of all the fullness of His power! I never thought I would be so happy to know that the WEAKER I AM, THE BETTER OFF I AM!
Today, wherever you find yourself in life and whatever struggles and infirmities you are facing, EMBRACE them as both Paul and James did. Rejoice that in times of tribulation, your greatest weaknesses are transformed into your greatest strengths as His mighty power rests upon you. May you always count yourself worthy as you glory in the seasons of weakness that life brings your way.