Today’s Scripture Selection: Second Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”
It is some ways one of the most perplexing scriptures of all, and yet it is one of the most comforting.
Our world defines power as it always had – in terms of strength, influence, money, brutality, ownership, winning – any number of ways that all boil down to one thing – being on top.
But this verse, from God to the apostle Paul, in response to his servant’s struggle with a “messenger from Satan” that “tormented” him, speaks of power in another way entirely.
God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Whose weakness? That’s made quite clear.
It is our weakness, our admission of need, our dependence on God, which allows God to work in His most powerful ways.
That’s certainly counter-intuitive.
But for thousands of years it has been proven time and again.
So if you aren’t feeling very “powerful” these days, re-visit this wonderful little statement. You can find how, by admitting to God (and perhaps others) your profound need for God – that you have tremendous endurance, strength, and power after all.
Not because you managed to pull it up from some deep inward reserve but because God works within to accomplish some great purpose through it all.
Prayer: Lord, may I be humble enough to readily admit my powerlessness over some things – and your great power over it all. AMEN.