2 Cor. 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Has anyone heard of a God who says that my strength is made perfect in the weakness of my people. Christ said to Paul when Paul prayed for a certain situation to be removed from his life. Christ answered by saying that “my grace is all you need for my power is made perfect in weakness”.
Is Christ denying an answer to Paul’s prayer by saying Paul you won’t get what you are asking for but all you will receive is my grace? Christ was saying that there was a purpose behind Paul’s weakness. And that was – when Paul was weak because of unanswered prayers, failures, persecutions, then Christ’ strength was made perfect.
Paul said, “I will rejoice over my weaknesses for when I am weak then I am strong“. Paul’s failures or unanswered prayers don’t frustrate him since Christ has given a new name to Paul’s weakness. – Paul’s weakness is Christ’ strength. Christ told Paul that you not only glorify my name by thanksgiving in response to the prayers answered but also by accepting my authority over your unanswered prayers and weaknesses.
Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, makes things meaningful by giving them a new name. Christ is making Paul’s weakness meaningful by calling it by a new name . We feel frustrated to see that the works of our hands are not producing desired results. Christ replaces this human frustration by adding a degree of his glory, in the form of strength to our failures – making our failure an essential component of the strength of HIS glory.
God is God since HE is perfect. Then, why perfect God is willing to exchange his glory with our weakness. If our weakness is not present Christ denies to call his strength “perfect”. Christ, our high priest, knows the weak nature of humankind. He is also aware of the perfection of God’s power and strength. Since Christ is our mediator, He looks at our weakness, measures it and replaces it not with Human strength but with the perfect strength of God. We carry Christ ‘ glory, both in our strength and in our weaknesses.
Are you feeling depressed today to see a multitude of unanswered prayers? Do you feel weak to see one failure after another in your life? Take heart! Christ has given a new name and a purpose to your failure, that His glory and strength will remain less than perfect without your weakness and failure.
Christ is asking you to make HIS strength perfect today by giving your weakness to HIM. Are you ready?