9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
This verse has been haunting me for the last several weeks ever since it was referenced at church. I have shared it with several people and it has been in my thoughts daily. Now the verse is staring me in the face as I further reflect on its meaning as part of the Made to Crave book study with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. My struggle lies in the words “my power is made perfect in weakness”. God’s power will shine through my weakness. Now for all to see and hear, I need to take one step forward and admit that I am weak. Just saying the words leaves me with sweaty palms and a fluttering heart. And now that the words have made their mark on this page, the permanence of my weakness has been etched in black and white. In order for the power of Christ to work in my life, I must allow my weaknesses to be made strong with God’s grace.
Struggles such as –
knowing fully that God’s grace will be extended to me even when I mess up over and over
knowing that God is all I need when I turn to food because I’m an emotional mess
letting go and letting God intervene even when I think I can fix it myself
I could go on but the bottom line is that 2 Corinthians 12:9 is the answer and the promise stated in that verse literally brings me to my knees in humble gratitude that my mess can be made perfect by God.
Reflecting on the verse allowed me to look into grace and the depth of this one power-packed word. Grace has always intrigued me and continues to show up in God’s Word, in daily devotions and in other books that I read.
Grace – God’s gift to give – our gift to receive
Simple but intricate,
Free but costly in the giving of ourselves fully to Christ,
Sufficient yet inadequate when the gift is stubbornly refused
Grace – God’s gift freely given when we are weakest
Our gift to freely receive when we put ourselves and our ways aside
As I was reading more about grace and looking into the deeper meaning of this verse, I read the following from the NIV (New International Version) Life Application Study Bible. The notes explain 2 Corinthians 12:9 in this way:
“True humility is not convincing yourself that you are worthless but recognizing God’s work in you. It is having God’s perspective on who you are and acknowledging grace in developing your abilities.”
A beautiful truth to give God permission to be in charge of our weaknesses and to allow ourselves grace as we develop our abilities and make mistakes along the way. The simplicity of receiving God’s grace in our weakness and in our strength is anything but simple. But God takes the time to stand by our side through all and reach out when we fail.
Soak in the truth of these words and remember:
God never asked us to walk alone, He will always be by our side and His grace is sufficient in making our powerlessness become empowered.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewedday by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
How will you soak in God’s promises today? How will God’s grace rescue you from your weakness?
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