2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
This statement by Paul is really confusing. He says here that the Lord told him that His “power is perfected in weakness.” That really makes no sense to us. How can something that is weak have power? How can the Lord exhibit His power through weakness?
Only He can! He takes our emptied vessel, our surrendered will, and fills it with His Spirit which empowers us to do amazing things in His name. Our strength gets in the way. Our abilities can get in the way. He needs to show others that it has NOTHING to do with us. It has everything to do with Him.
Has your little Susie ever said, “I just can’t do it!”? What a perfect time to share this verse. Perhaps they are trying to do something for the first time and are struggling. You step in and help them. Explain to them how the Lord does the same for us when we turn to Him for the help that only He can give. He wants to work through us, but we have to let Him.
In the same way you can’t help your Elrod unless he allows you to, God will not intervene in our lives unless we allow Him. He wants to help, and He is watching us struggle, but He won’t step in unless we yield to His authority. Our children need to learn that at an early age. They can’t blame God for their failures. He is always there to assist and guide, if they will let Him.
How about you, Mom or Dad? What are you struggling right now to achieve in your lives on your own? What are you refusing to turn over to the Lord? Stop it! Give it up to Him! He wants to come alongside you through His Spirit. He gets joy out of being with us. He gets joy in seeing us surrender to His Will.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of trying all this stuff on my own. I have learned that it is much easier to relinquish control of things to Him to begin with. That way He can make it what He wants to make it. I can just step back and watch Him work. He will expect me to do my part (what He tells me to do), but He is the one who decides how and when. What a relief!