This week I have felt very weak. Sometime I am amazed at how quickly I give up or quit when I encounter difficulties. I buckle and collapse under the lightest pressure. I yield to any opposition. I can’t seem to do anything right at times. And when I think that I finally do something right I only end up making things worse off than before. It does not often take me long to realize how weak I am — how needy. In fact, when I was younger I was often referred to as “Weakness” by an unnamed person. Perhaps it is all to fitting a name. I am weak – so very weak. And yet… Perhaps that is not such a bad thing at all…
In listening to Shane & Shane I recently I was reminded of a great passage in 2nd Corinthians. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (12:9) Power is perfected in weakness… What a concept. Here Paul is speaking of his “thorn in the flesh” and his entreaties towards God to remove it. Yet God is able to receive glory even in weakness. I have to wonder how many “thorns of the flesh” I entreat God to take from me, not knowing that they are all for His glory and power. George MacDonald says this,
“There could be no riches but for need. God made Himself rich by man’s necessity. By that He is rich to give, through that we are rich by receiving.”
How great it is that my weakness and need may be used of God for his power and riches. Perhaps through all of my weakness I may be nothing more than a fragile vessel meant to be broken so that what is within may be poured out as an offering to the Lord. Much like the harlot who washed Jesus’ feet and poured out precious perfume on His feet – maybe I am the container that holds perfume to glorify my Lord. And it is good that I am weak, that I am easily broken, so then I cannot keep in the wonderful fragrance.
Oh that I may be rich indeed by receiving the grace of God — the grace that is sufficient to perfect my weakness and use such a wretch as I for God’s eternal glory alone. And I pray that I may join in with Paul in saying,
“Most gladly… I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(2 Cor 12:9 & 10)