WEAKNESS REVEALS THE POWER OF GOD
Fr. Roni George VC
For though it was for our weakness that he was crucified, he is alive now with the power of God. We too, are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God (2 Cor. 13-4).
God loves those who are weak. Human beings are physically, mentally, and spiritually weak. However, God our Creator gives us this great promise. “My grace is enough for you; for power is at full stretch in weakness (2 Cor.12-9). When a person views his weaknesses with sadness, God views it in a different way.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. (Isa. 55: 8-9) God works in a way which is beyond man's comprehension and expectation. His ways are always different. He uses man's skills as well as his weakness for the glory of God. “The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.”(Prov. 19.21). Again we read in the Bible that “But God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God choose what is weak in the world to shame the strong”. (1Cor1:27). Remember, human weakness is not a thing which has happened by chance. It is placed in you in order to manifest God's mighty power in you, so it is not weakness, but is a channel through which God pours out His power. St. Paul understood this fact and said “Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10).
The number of people who are taking their weaknesses with a wrong perspective has been increasing. They ask why God is not delivering them from the weaknesses after all the fasting and prayers. We cannot belittle God's mighty power. When we take our weakness in the negative way, we forbid the flow of God's grace. “In order to show us that the ultimate power belongs to the Lord, this treasure is given to us in clay pots.” (2Cor 4:7) We are like easily breakable clay pots. Just like the clay, which is being formed in the hands of the potter, let us also give all our weaknesses unto the hands of our Lord for Him to mold us for His glory. Let us also say like St. Paul “I am proud of my weakness, since I am strong when I am weak” (Rom. 8:26).
ONE QUESTION WHICH NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED IS “Should I hide my weaknesses and limit God's power”?
Let us reflect
Weaknesses enable us to depend upon God.
They prompt us to call the name of God regularly.
Your weaknesses help you to depend upon the Lord more and more.
Weakness is not a limitation but it is the channels of God’s grace.
So let us make ourselves humble and accept our weakness and let the Lord use us as clay pots for His glory. By this, let the strong and wise in this world may understand how the power of God works in weakness and make them turn back to God and depend upon Him.
Fr. Roni George VC