In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Apostle Paul tells us, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” How is God’s power made perfect? In weakness. But, honestly, I don’t think the word perfect conveys the full meaning of the Greek word that Paul used.
Do you remember the last thing Jesus said while He was on the cross? “It is finished” (John 19:30). The Greek word that is translated as finished means completed, accomplished, done. What He came to do was fulfilled. The task was realized, the goal achieved.
So, why am I telling you this? Because the word that Paul used in 2 Corinthians 12:9 is a slightly different form of that same Greek word. So, what does that mean for you and me? God’s power is fulfilled, completed, realized in our weakness.
You see, sometimes I think I have something to offer people. I’m articulate and intelligent, quick-witted. I have experienced lots of things, so I have a wealth of background from which to share. But all of those things are my personal strengths. And, although they are important, God’s power is achieved – fully accomplished, made perfect – in my weakness.
A dear friend says, “It’s a team effort. God supplies the strength, and I supply the weakness.”
Don’t depend on your strengths, even on good days. Depend on His strength, made perfect in your weakness.