It’s probably part of human nature to avoid weakness. And still we are confronted daily with our weaknesses. Thank God there is hope. For Jesus gave us a wonderful promise.
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
If one wants to produce energy, a negative pole must be combined with a positive pole. If you combine positive with positive, nothing happens, the same result you get when you combine negative with negative, nothing happens. It’s the same with us and God. We humans see weakness and try transforming it into strength. So basically, we try becoming positive. But God is the positive pole. We in our weakness are the negative pole. If we try to become positive, we combine our assumed positive with God’s positive and nothing happens. Surely you have heard of there is God’s part and there is man’s part. It’s amazing that with that we end up doing all the work and wonder where God’s part is. Could it be, that our part looks totally different from what we thought it looks like so far? For when we look at the above bible verse, we realize that our part is clearly weakness. You don’t have to worry about weaknesses, they come automatically. But the solution for how our weakness eventually turns into something good is by letting God do his part. Let him be the positive pole, recognize that we are all negative and this combination leads to the desired breakthrough. Your weakness in combination with God’s power leads you to victory. That’s why Paul said he will boast all the more gladly about his weaknesses, because he knew that Jesus’ power is most powerful in his weakness and this would lead him to victory.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Genesis 17,1
Earlier God promised Abram a son. After waiting for a long time, Abram fathered a son with the servant girl, but this was not the promised one. Abram tried speeding up God’s promise. And now, being 99 years old, it was probably definitely over with fathering another son. Total weakness on Abram’s side and humanly speaking no hope for fulfilment of God’s promise. But God has not spoken his last word yet and now he reveals himself to Abram as God Almighty. That means, all power belongs to God. With other words, God assured Abram that Abram does not need any power, because all power belongs to God. Abram’s weakness combines with God’s power and sometime later, Abram holds his promised son in his arms. It’s the same today for you. Let God be almighty in your situation and give him your weakness. Not your power but God’s power will lead you to your breakthrough. Tell Jesus what your weakness is and receive his grace for it. Combine your weakness with God’s power and let him lead you to victory. For your weakness in combination with God’s power produces a firework of God’s grace.