Weak but Strong

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, September 13, 2019


That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

I’ve always enjoyed lifting weights and physical fitness. Professional bodybuilders impress me with the discipline they demonstrate in their eating habit and their exercise regimen. Notwithstanding the size and strength of a bodybuilder, he or she works best when they work out with a partner. That is because they can lift more weight with a partner than alone.

Indeed, we maximize our strength when we accept the help of others. When I started working out with Uriah two years ago, he became very strong in a very short time because we were working out together. A year later, he felt that he did not need my help anymore because he was strong enough to work out on his own. However, each time he needs to lift an amount of weight that is heavier than he is accustomed to lifting, he asks me to spot him because he cannot lift it on his own. What Uriah realized is that he is stronger when he needs my help in his weakness.

That is precisely the lesson Paul is teaching us in today’s text. Paul had a weakness that made him depend on God for strength. That weakness humbled the apostle and reminded him that he should never consider himself to be more than he ought. That type of humility helped Paul to endure insults, hardships, prison, persecution, and all manner of difficulties. Paul’s ministry became more impactful because of his weakness. His testimony about his conversion experience was more inspiring because of his weakness.

Our weaknesses compel us to look to God for his strength. We are at our best when we depend on God to do the things we cannot do. It is when our resources, skills, talents, and abilities are insufficient that God’s sufficient grace and power are more revealing in our lives. When we think we do not need God to spot us because we are smart enough or rich enough or famous enough or strong enough, then our life becomes more susceptible to dysfunction, chaos, and destruction.

I have always said that God strolls with those who love him when things are okay. However, he runs to us when we are in trouble. It is in our weaknesses that God becomes more aggressive in his protection of us. It is when our enemies rise up against us that God grabs his sword to go to war on our behalf.

Do not kick a believer when they are down. It is not wise to abuse, oppress, and molest the vulnerable, the weak, the downtrodden, and the poor. God will fight against those who are mistreating refugees and have placed refugee children in cages as if they are animals. He will not let injustice go unpunished.

If the circumstance of your life make you feel weak, God wants the opportunity to give you his strength. If your station in life, or your income, or your race, or your ethnicity, or your legal status, or your low-income neighborhood make you feel weak, come to God for power. He will use you right where you are so you can reflect his glory.

Brothers and sisters should not try to lift the weight of the world by yourself. Let God spot you. Do not try to fight racism and structural injustice by yourself. Let God help you. Pastors, Elders, and Bishops do not take on the weight of the burdens of the people in your congregation by yourself. Let God spot you. It’s okay to say, “the weight of pastoral ministry is too heavy for you.” That’s what Moses did, and God helped him to lead the Israelites as far as he could. It is when you acknowledge your weakness that God’s strength will be made perfect in your weakness.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I thank you for the strength you give in times of weakness. May those that are struggling with a heavy existential weight look to your strength to keep moving forward.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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