And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
The promises of God are not dependent upon my ability, but only upon who He is. When I believe in His unlimited ability more than what I perceive as my weakness, I receive assurance that I can do whatever He asks of me.
When Jesus chose Peter, He saw Peter's potential. He recognized someone, who after denial and failure, would rise to walk in His power and strength. In choosing Peter, Jesus revealed that His power never limits those who feel desperate and frail. What I perceive as my weakness, God doesn’t see. He sees the righteousness of His Son in me—not the powerless sinner that I was. Jesus has made me strong by giving me His blameless life. I have His power to achieve the potential He sees in me.
When I believe who I am in Jesus, I need never cry for help from weakness or desperation. I believe He has made me worthy and that I have His new resurrected life. I pray, knowing that only in Jesus is my strength. It does not matter if I am weak; I know He is strong. If I believe His grace is sufficient for anything in my life, I have no fear. His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
When I believe His perfect strength is mine, I boast in my weakness. The greater my weakness, the stronger He is within me. Even though I, like Peter, may fail, God’s promise still prevails. Remember His promise does not rest upon my ability. It always rests upon who He is. When Jesus told Peter to “feed His sheep,” He meant for His strength to empower Peter's weakness. Jesus wanted Peter not to focus on his failure but on Him.
Do you believe that where you are weak, He is strong? If you do, that belief impacts every area of your life. You have love because He is love. You have peace because He is peace. You don't struggle with who He is. You believe that your weakness never limits His power.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV).
© 2020 Lynn Lacher