Glorying in Our Weakness

Michael Beck

“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

In ourselves we are allowed, even encouraged, to be spectacularly, famously weak. We can and should even brag about our weakness.

We follow One who said: “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30). He told us: “Without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) He doesn’t choose the mighty, the capable, and the competent; He chooses the weak, the impotent, and those who don’t have what it takes to get the job done.

Before God raises us up, He must humble us. Before His power can rest upon us, our power must be broken. Before His strength can be seen upon us, we must know our utter weakness. Who we are in ourselves and who we are in Him are polar opposites.

The profoundly weak are called to be incredibly strong in the Lord. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Eph. 6:10) Our boasting in our weakness is a preliminary to our boasting in His strength. He wants to get the glory for the exploits we do according to His power that works within us.

Don’t be afraid of your weakness that leads to God’s strength. Be afraid of your strength that leads to a life independent of God.

“… But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.