I was having a conversation with a friend of mine recently and she mentioned that she viewed me as someone who had it all together and didn’t struggle in certain areas. Of course this was the furthest thing from the truth, but her views came from the way that I carried myself and how little I shared of my weaknesses and shortcomings.
I decided to share some of them with her and even mentioned how burdensome it is to be viewed that way. For people to see you as someone who has it all under control, all of the time. Because the truth is we all are weak in some areas, we all struggle, we all have hardships.
We are sometimes unintentionally held to high standards of near perfection and because of that it is terrifying to show our humanity. We put on a facade of strength or perfection that will eventually crumble because it isn’t sustainable.
Here are 3 Truths to Help You find strength in Your weakness:
Our Weaknesses Reminds Us of Our Need for God
Our weaknesses aren’t something to hide or even be ashamed of. It is in our weaknesses that we have the privilege of seeing God in our life.
Our weaknesses are simply a reminder of how much we need God to come in and perfect them.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul said he boasts in his weaknesses and that is something that we should all do. Because it is in these moments that we know that we have a God that can and will show up and strengthen us.
There is strength in our weaknesses because of how perfect our God is.
Remember God’s Power Works in Our Weaknesses
We have to remember that God’s power works best in our weaknesses. We have to make room for God’s power to work within us and not try to rely on our own power.
We are limited but God’s power is limitless. When we make room, we make space for a limitless power to work through us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
We have to view our shortcomings and weaknesses as room for God to be strong for us. They are not meant to cause us shame or discouraged but to allow God to handle it.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God Uses Our Weaknesses to Do Great Things
Remember that God uses our weaknesses to do great things. There are many scriptures in the bible that show God using weaknesses for the good of the kingdom.
In Exodus God called Moses to speak to pharaoh even though Moses has a speech problem.
In 1 Samuel 16, God chose David as king even though he was the youngest. The list goes on.
God is able to use our weaknesses.
Exodus 4:10-12 “But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD ? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
The next time you are feeling low, struggling with something, feeling inadequate, etc use that as an opportunity to lean on God.
Let your struggles be the reminder that where you are weak, you have a God that will be strong for you.