The Importance of Weakness (pt. 3)
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Our culture views weakness as a bad thing to be avoided. God uses weakness to keep us not only relying on Him, but also (according to the above verse) content, even in the hardest of circumstances.
Weakness leads to contentment
It's only through weakness that we can find contentment. Why? Because through weakness will we rely on God, and only by relying God can we find what we are really looking for and need. Things like grace, mercy, peace, joy, rest, and hope just to name a few. While the world may promise these things, only God truly has them.
These things can be ours in fuller and fuller measure, if we are willing to wait for God to provide them. But usually we either try to find them on our own or try to force the hand of God to give them to us, neither of which ever works. Just one verse before the one we are looking at God has to remind the apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." The apostle Paul, writer of a lot of the New Testament, deep theological thinker, apostle to Gentiles, church planting, missionary journey taking, etc. had to be reminded where his strength came from. It wasn't his circumstances that needed to change, but his view the God who is Lord over those circumstances. He needed to be reminded of his weakness and wait. What about you?
Are you looking to God for strength in the midst of your circumstances or just trying to avoid unpleasant ones? Are you trying to do things in your own strength?
Are you remaining weak to show the surpassing glory and strength of your God and Savior? Are you content to wait and let God's strength be on display for the world to see?
Are you struggling with sin? Admitting weakness, especially to other members of God's family is way to find God's strength. Don't fight it alone, you can't ... and ultimately won't.
Are you struggling financially? Learning the value of things like tithing, saving, being generous with what you have, and being hospitable. This will lead you towards greater contentment.
Are you experiencing persecution of any kind? Learn to suffer well for the sake of Christ. Remember contentment is found only in Christ not circumstances.
Does calamity always seem to find you? Surround yourself with godly people and let them in so they can help. Strength, encouragement, and community can be found with God's people.