2 Corinthians 12:7 “…, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. *(12:8)* Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. *(12:9)* 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.”
Perfect In weakness means that it is good in some situations and better in others, but when it comes to weaknesses… it excels. Weakness buoys it up though it was expected to sink. God’s power is best appreciated in weakness. Perfect in weakness!
Weakness is when you are at the end of your ability to respond to threats. Weakness is when your response to threats is negligible and the only option is to surrender to fate. Weakness is when you desperately need 1000 and all you can muster is 10 or nothing. Weakness is when the condition degenerates and you are on the best and last line medication. Weakness is when it’s a matter of time before the worst happens. Weakness is when the situation is ‘damn if you do, and still damn if you don’t.’
Weakness…in relationships, in academic work, in finances, in spiritual matters…weakness! Weakness is when seeing disaster come your way, you can’t run nor resist, you are just a sitting duck. Weakness is when your song is, ‘Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be.’
Yet God declares and Has proved that, His power is best appreciated by the weak and in situations of weakness. Perfect in weakness! In weakness of body Abraham and Sarah had a child. Perfect in weakness! In weakness of age and experience, David killed Goliath. Perfect in weakness! Gideon with too weak an army of 300 unarmed men defeated thousands of combined enemy armed, battle hardened forces. Perfect in weakness! Joshua with untested strategy of marching 7 times in silence, brought down a wall of a fortified city, heretofore impregnable. Perfect in weakness!
God chose the weak to progress His agenda. He chose a Morally Weak ancestry of Rahab and David, for Jesus birth. He chose a despised village of Nazareth to be home town. He chose uneducated fishermen and most contemptible tax collectors to make His inner circle of disciples, yet there were men and women educated and respected in Religious matters. Perfect in weakness!
Paul experiences a serious personal challenge. He refers to it as a thorn in the flesh, messenger of Satan, specifically sent to torment me. Don’t we have personal challenges today that we can describe the same way? Sent to torment…from Satan…a thorn in the flesh!
Paul pleads with God in three major sessions of prayer that may have included fasting and other sacrifices. The prayer method and wording and process is so significant that Paul remembers it was three times and probably couldn’t exceed three times. To exceed three times would be suicidal because of what was demanded in the prayer probably! Have you too really prayed over a matter, until you really know that you have prayed your best?
God’s response to Paul is that weakness will stay. The thorn in the flesh stays. The messenger of Satan stays. The torment will go on… But! Hallelujah… God will graciously give power that excels in weakness. So that while weak he is strongest! While written off, he makes surprising moves. Perfect in weakness!
As we fast and pray we grow weak. Fasting weakens physically. Prolonged praying without answers weakens the morale, the psyche and mental rationalization. Yet when we are now weak from prayer and Fasting… we grow strong. Because, God’s power is perfect in weakness!
God’s grace leaves Paul celebrating his weaknesses and low moments. May God’s grace be availed to you today in all your weaknesses. May God’s grace leave you celebrating your weaknesses. May God’s grace be a perfect response to your weakness! In Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org *(You are free to share these posts, but don’t edit the authorship or content…share as it is…thank you and be blessed!)*
Pastor Rei Kesis