There is the story of a boy with cerebral palsy who went to his church’s summer camp. He struggled through most of the events and even had difficulty speaking where the other boys could understand. At the end of the camp, the pastor asked if any boys wanted to give a testimony. The boy got up from his seat and struggled to get to the front of the room. Some of the other boys were giggling and pointing. When he got there said in his slurred speech, “I love Jesus, and he loves me.” There wasn’t a sound in the room as he walked back to his seat. Finding God in your weakness is one of the most important lessons you can learn.
“If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.”
The Corinthians goaded Paul into boasting about his accomplishments. It pained Paul beyond imagination to do it, but he relented. He knew his resume was more impressive than anyone the Corinthians could put up, so it was fruitless to even talk about it. After he is done, he tells them that if he has to boast, it will be how God worked through his weaknesses. He was not too proud to admit his faults.
Do you struggle with admitting you have weaknesses? Are you quick to make excuses if someone points them out or teases you? No one is perfect, and recognizing your shortcomings will help you get farther in life. If you feel the pressure to show that you have it all together, you will only find frustration if someone judges you for areas where you fall short you need to learn to look past the criticism. All that matters is how Jesus looks at you.
Finding God in Your Weakness
Finding God in your weakness is vital to your spiritual growth. It is in those areas where He chooses to work. If you resist being used in areas where you are struggle you will miss out on the joy that Paul expresses in this passage. He has seen God do amazing things in areas where he struggled. It wasn’t comfortable at first, but the finished product was better than anything Paul could do on his own. Give God the freedom to work in your weak areas.