We live in a suburb that is packed with very competent, very powerful, very skilled and accomplished people. Weakness gets you moved on or passed over. It is seen as a liability and some go to great lengths to either compensate for it or to try to be rid of it. But that just breeds a kind of self-reliance that either burns you out or over inflates your ego.
God has a very different view of weakness, in fact, sometimes He causes it.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about a weakness in his life, quite possibly a physical one, and what this meant for him:
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul’s weakness taught him to rely even more on God – his weakness brought out God’s strength.
This Sunday evening we will see something very similar to Paul’s experience in the life of Jacob – he will be both weakened physically and strengthened spiritually at the same time.
Please join us for a time of study in God’s Word as we learn from Genesis 32 of how we can be “Weakened for Good”.