"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for
My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power
of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake:
for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Co 12:9-10)
WHEN I AM WEAK--THEN I AM STRONG
from "The Blessing of Weakness"
by J. R. Miller (1894)
There is a blessing in weakness--because it nourishes dependence on God. When we are
strong, or deem ourselves strong--we are really weak, since then we trust in ourselves, and
do not seek Divine help.
But when we are consciously weak, knowing ourselves unequal to our duties and struggles--
we are strong, because then we turn to Christ, and get His strength.
Too many people think that their weakness is a barrier to their usefulness; or make it an
excuse for doing little with their life. Instead of this, however, if we give it to Christ--He will
transform our weakness into strength.
He says that His power is made perfect in weakness; that is, what is lacking in human
strength--He fills and makes up with Divine strength.
Paul had learned this, when he said that he now gloried in his weaknesses, because on
account of them--the strength of Christ rested upon him, so that, when he was weak--then
he was strong--strong with Divine strength.
We need only to make sure of one thing--that we do indeed bring our weakness to Christ,
and lean on Him in simple faith. This is the vital link in getting the blessing.
Weakness itself is a burden; it is like chains upon our limbs. If we try to carry it alone--we
shall only fail. But if we lay it on the strong Son of God--and let Him carry us and our burden,
going on quietly and firmly in the way of duty--He will make our very weakness--a secret
source of strength.
He will not take the weakness from us--that is not His promise--but He will so fill it with His own
power--that we shall be strong, more than conquerors, able to do all things through Christ, who