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. (New International Version 1984)- 2 Corinthians 12:9
When I was 15, a new youth director was appointed to oversee the youth work of the churches of my denomination in the area where I lived. After she and her husband moved to Minnesota, they ended up attending the same church as me.
I remember hearing her sing these words one day,
Many times I'm tried and tested As I travel day by day `Oft I meet with pain and sorrow And there's trouble in the way. But I have a sweet assurance That my soul, the Lord will lead And in Him there is strength for every need.
O, His grace is sufficient for me.
And His love is abundant and free.
And what joy fills my soul,
Just to know, just to know
That His grace is sufficient for me.
When the tempter brings confusion
And I don't know what to do,
On my knees I turn to Jesus
For He'll always see me through
Then despair is changed to victory.
Every doubt just melts away
And in Him there is hope for everyday.
In the years since, this song has come to mind often, particularly over the past few years.
We instinctively fight against weakness. We want to be strong, we want to be tough, the weak die. Yet in order to come to Christ, we must come face to face with and confess our very weakness. We are sinners who cannot save ourselves; we need a savior, Jesus Christ.
The cancer that attempts to spread itself through the Body of Christ is that we in ourselves are not weak. We get puffed up about the fact that we have access to the power of God and we foolishly begin to forget it is not us but the Holy Spirit manifesting that power through us.
So God, in His great love, allows us to be reminded that we in ourselves are not strong enough, smart enough or healthy enough to do life on our own. Sometimes He even reveals our weakness to the world so that they too can see that though we are weak, we are strong through Jesus Christ.
Regardless of what we face, we must remember these words:
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.