2Cor. 6:9,10 – as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
What an upside down world we live in; man looks for strength and talent in people to admire and even emulate. Not God; He searches throughout the world for weakness (He doesn’t have to look very far). He chooses weak and imperfect vessels for a reason. He wants to fill them with His strength to make His glory known. The Bible is filled with examples. Moses was a stutterer who formed a nation and wrote the first five books of the Bible, David was a shepherd who became a great king, Paul was a murderer who became the prototype of redemption, and then there was Peter, a coward that roared like a lion when he preached after the Holy Spirit came upon Him on the day of Pentecost. The good news is this; there is hope for you and me. The Lord loves to take our weaknesses and display His strength. He turns the prostitute into a holy woman of God, the drug user into the leader of a rehabilitation program, and even lazy sluggards into industrious business people and workers in His kingdom. He wants to take your worst trait and fill that part of you with more of Him. Here is how Watchman Née describes this strength in weakness.
“To be a Christian is to be a person in whom seeming incompatibles coexist but in whom it is the power of God that repeatedly triumphs. A Christian is one in whose life there is inherent a mysterious paradox, and this paradox is of God. How can power be manifested to perfection in a weak man? By Christianity; for Christianity is that very thing. It is not the removal of weakness nor yet is it merely the manifestation of divine power. It is the manifestation of that power in the presence of human weakness. For what God is doing in us is neither merely negative nor merely positive. It is both together. He does not eliminate our weakness nor does He bestow His strength just anywhere at random. No, He leaves us with the weakness, and He bestows His strength there.”
So if you are weak, then you are strong. God’s power is perfected in our weakness. The Lord will show Himself in and through your life.