10Therefore 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.
II Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
Paul’s greatest asset was his weakness
v. 10 –I welcome the infirmities, I’ll be content with them , the weaknesses, the reproaches (insults), necessities (hardships), persecutions or distresses. God is going to work through these issues in my life and his power will shine – He will increase and I will decrease!
Many of us cannot claim the same sentiments as Paul. We don’t want others to see our weaknesses and our infirmities, yet alone take pleasure in them. That is definitely part of our pride complex! Paul, however, saw those weaknesses and infirmities as an opportunity for God to show up in his life even more!
God help us when we begin to act and feel as if we are strong and mighty – how can God use us if He is not shining through us?
We must give the Lord our weaknesses and He will give us His grace – He can use our weakness to glorify himself and benefit us in the process.
– Paul was determined not to boast about his experiences for at the time many were boasting about experiences they claimed to have and it seemed as if Paul didn’t believe them. He didn’t want to focus on these external things although his credentials were indisputable. Even if he boasted he would be telling the truth but he wouldn’t dwell on it because he didn’t want people to think more or less of him than they ought. The glory wasn’t on him – glory belongs to God!
We don’t have to convince others of the great things that have been manifested in our lives for we recognize and understand that those things are a direct reflection of the Lord and what He has chosen to do through and in us. Let’s allow our lives – both the good, the bad and the ugly – to point to God’s grace and longsuffering toward us so that He always gets the glory!
c/Candie A. Price