“God is never impressed with strength. He deliberately allows your weakness for the purpose of showing HIS strength THROUGH you.” -@RickWarren
In our society we are constantly encouraged to be strong women. We are taught to be independent and capable of taking care of ourselves. After all being a woman has been associated with being weak in the past, so we are told we have to over-compensate and show just how strong we are.
While I don’t think that this is necessarily an evil idea… Like most things, the Bible seems to say the opposite of what society tells us.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – Corinthians 12:9-10
This is Paul talking. Paul had this weakness that he just could not conquer himself. He would pray and pray and pray, but he could not overcome it. God tells Paul that having this weakness is okay! In fact, it actually brings more glory to God.
Did you catch the end of the verse? It says that when we are weak… that is when we are actually strong! Doesn’t seem to make sense, but let’s take a look at it.
1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
Think of the strongest most powerful and independent woman you know. Maybe you think of Oprah, Hilary Clinton, or Michelle Obama. The Bible is says God’s weakness is stronger than her strength. His strength is unlimited and cannot even be compared to the strength of humans.
Just being human beings, we are weak. We can try to be tough and handle life on our own, but in the end we are all human beings. We all have failures, shortcomings, and weaknesses.
But the crazy thing is…God doesn’t! His strength never fails. When we try to be strong, we don’t allow his strength to enter our lives. When we accept our weakness and give them to Him, that is when we can gain HIS strength.
Just like God allowed Paul to have a weakness, He will allow us to have weaknesses. You may have something in your life that you just wish God would take away. Maybe you aren’t a good speaker, maybe you have a really dark past, maybe you have a physical or mental disability, or maybe you continue to struggle with the same sin. Whatever your weakness is, it starts with giving it to God. Realizing that you are not strong enough to conquer it on your own, and that is when God will show HIS strength THROUGH your weakness.
It is so comforting to know that our God is okay and even wants us to be weak! He knows we are and He wants to be our strength.
You don’t have to try and impress God with you strength… You can’t fool Him. After all, He created you- weaknesses and all. It’s okay to have weaknesses. It is when we accept our weaknesses that we accept God’s strength, which is stronger than any human strength.