9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Many a time as we walk, we trip and fall down. The feeling of pain keeps us down on the dirt, feeling afraid of what might happen when we try to get up. A lot of questions will resound in our head. Will we be a laughing stock, will our knees be strong enough to get us up again or once again, will we fall down? The many questions delay our trying to stand up again. The staying down is further lengthened when we are carrying so much on our back, in our hands, and around us. The support we seek is more and we fear further, wondering if there will be anyone who is kind enough to help us. The worst thing that can happen is when the least expected people extend their hands to us and we refuse, and we continue to try to get up on our own. We are afraid to show that we are weak. We are in fact afraid to acknowledge our weaknesses, and that is what keeps us from attaining the strength that is being offered by Christ, our Saviour.
Whenever we seek counsel or guidance we look everywhere except to the source of all wisdom. We rely on our own strength, our own will and our own might. Only when we face difficulties do we realize that we are never strong enough for this life of the flesh. One way or another, we feel that despite our strength, there is something that we are lacking, something burns inside us making us question what is it that we are missing out. Brothers and Sisters, I believe that what is it is Grace – God’s Grace.
You see when we are given God’s Grace, we attain something that unbelievers can never even think about. They think they’ve all got their lives figured out but believe you me, they’re the most thirsty around. What is grace by definition? It is courteous goodwill. In Christian belief, it is “The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings”. And St. Peter tell us what God told him as he tries to dislodge the cross that he’s bearing, the thorn in his flesh –
7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the arevelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
And in reply, God revealed to him the power of His grace. It is beautiful to think that when we are weak, we are strong and as you read 2 Corinthians Chapter 12, we get to understand further the capacity if what we can endure by God’s grace. Indeed, it is very difficult to surpass the pain we are feeling when we keep focusing on ourselves. We cannot accept what people say because we keep trying to prove that we are mighty, we are flawless and we are greater than whoever is telling us off.
It is a daily struggle, a daily battle that we go through in our life. So always remember to tap into the source of all your strength, the source of the better you. Yes, you may fall into a pit of insanity, but always remember that if you call on the name of the Lord, you will be saved. Be of good cheer my brothers and sisters, and be merry.
Let the spirit of God’s love be upon us all wherever we may go. Remember that as we acknowledge our weakness, we boast of Christ’s strength already being with us. Our strengths we possess now are the result of constant acknowledgement of our weakness, seeking the perfection that God offers. As mere humans, we cannot be perfect, but we can try. We can try over and over again, and in God’s grace, we will attain just so.
Have a blessed weekend!