HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
This is a familiar verse to many of us and we heard it also being preached in the Church we are attending or even shared among friends when trouble comes. What does it mean after all, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”? It means that His favour, power, strength, mercy and loving-kindness is enough to overcome any troubles and is proven effective to endure any troubles or tribulations you may face in your weakness that you may know that it is not by your might nor by your power but by His Spirit manifested through His grace to accomplish things you cannot accomplish in your weakness (Zechariah 4:6).
When I got this revelation, my paradigm shifts and I no longer focus on my limitations but on His power and strength that is made perfect in my weakness. That is why the apostle Paul can boast on his limitations knowing that His grace will be at work in his weakness as a living being. Apostle Paul let Christ take over and endure every criticism, opposition, accidents or abuse and he recognizes the weaker he gets, the stronger he becomes. In other words, Christ is at work in our limitations because we have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. And the life we now live in the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
Knowing that God is the One that gives the inner strength in us, circumstances shall not be the one that should determine how we are doing. And because the joy of the Lord is our strength, our happiness shall not depend on external factors and we can remain strong all the way to the end. Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:12-13 (MSG) says, I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. His (Paul) recipe is his total surrender to the Lord regardless of circumstances he may face, so that the power of Christ may rest upon him and manifest through his ministry.
May His grace be sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in your weakness and gladly you will boast in your infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon you. Amen.