This week we were in the book of 2 Corinthians and as always it reminded me that I am actually very weak, very small, very unable, and very insufficient. BUT (there is always a “but” and this time I am thankful for it!). But… I was also reminded of God’s strength in my weakness.
We are bombarded everyday with the message that we must have it altogether, that we must be able to multi-task, that we must be able to work long hours, keeping a full time job, whilst managing a family, whilst meeting with friends, and helping out at church, and having daily quiet times with God, go to church, keep the household cupboards stocked, have hobbies, … and the list goes on.
Two weeks ago I felt God expanding my vision on the mission field. He was challenging me to dream bigger and expect to do more. And it couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was over the week where I was physically tired and stressed about my upcoming teaching on Hebrews. I must be honest – I thought God was off in His timing! To me, it didn’t seem like the best time to be giving me a vision of MORE when I felt I was using all I had to meet the current challenge.
However, when we entered into 2 Corinthians I was reminded that, as big as the vision seems, it is not too big for God. He reminded me that it isn’t up to me to do the impossible or to be some kind of super woman. All I need to do is step out in obedience, walk according to the vision He has laid upon my heart, and allow Him to accomplish what I cannot do.
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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 12:9-10)
These words sum up the book in my mind. God is strong. We are not. And thankfully, we do not have to be.
Allow God’s grace to cover you when your own strength is insufficient. Step out in confidence and boldness, walking towards the dream that He has laid on your heart, and allow Him to do what you cannot.
Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be afraid for your weaknesses to be shown. But allow God to receive glory in your weakness. Allow Him to show His strength in your life.