Friday, September 5, 2014

Power in Weakness






“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT


“My power works best in weakness.”  What does this mean?  This scripture used to be so confusing to me.  It seems like an oxymoron.  Weakness is the opposite of strength.  How can you be strong if you are weak?


I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be weak.  I am one of those people who tries really hard to be strong about everything.  I don’t like to ask for help.  I don’t want to even need help. But there are times that I do need help.  (But still won’t ask for it.)


If you have ever had a child that was sick, you know what it is like to feel helpless and weak.  There is nothing within yourself that you can do to physically change the situation.  You cannot take the symptoms your child is experiencing away completely, but you can try to ease them and make them more comfortable.  So, what do we do during this time of weakness?  This is where I believe the above scripture comes in.


Once when my little guy was about 8 months old, he developed cellulitis is one of his pinkie toes.  We woke up one morning and his toe was black.  We are still unsure of what exactly happened.  We don’t know if he got bit by a spider, or somehow got a piece of a broken Christmas ornament in his toe (this happened during the holidays), but he had to be hospitalized.  I was not exactly calm, but all I could do was to keep thanking God for healing his little toe.  I know God is the healer, and there was nothing I could do to fix the situation.  The doctor started him on IV antibiotics as soon as we got there.  They gently wrapped his toe.  Several specialists came in to look at the toe to determine what could be done for him.  By the third day, a pediatric specialist came in and looked at his toe and looked at his chart.  My baby’s toe was healing.  But the doctor told me, “ I don’t know why they chose this antibiotic for his toe.  It is not the best choice choice in this situation.  It should not be working this well on his toe.”  Hallelujah!  I knew how it was working!  My Father God was healing his toe!


Power made perfect in weakness.  I could do nothing.  My son could do nothing.  But I kept looking to God and His Word confessing Him as the healer, and He healed my little boy’s toe.  God’s Word is the end of our weakness and the beginning of His strength.


I don’t know what you are facing today, but God does.  Look to His Word to find  your strength.  Don’t rely on yourself and what you can do, but look to Him.  In His Word is healing, comfort, provision, whatever you need, it can be found in His Word.  His Word is your strength.


Many blessings to you as you trust in Him today!
Beth
Scriptures for Strength and Power:

"Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God's power."- 2 Corinthians 13:4 NLT

"...for I am the Lord who heals you…"-Exodus 15:26 NLT

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts and I am helped..."-Psalm 28:7 ESV

"He sent out His word and healed them..."-Psalm 107:20

"He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless."-Isaiah 40:29 NLT


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