BY SARAH DIENER
Verse to Memorize: 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. 2 Cor 12:9
Sometimes I feel like I am failing.
It is a feeling that often creeps in when I look around at the laundry I haven't done and the bills I've forgotten to pay. When I notice how my heart is quick to seek foolish comfort in judging others to feel better about myself. When I hear my tone of voice harden as I allow myself to be angry with my husband. It comes when I feel my patience slipping away in my interactions with my children. I see how far I am from the woman that I want to be, and I begin to feel like a failure.
But God’s grace is sufficient; it covers all my sins- my many sins, my daily sins.
The humbling reality is this: My shortcomings, weaknesses, and failures show me in a perfectly fitting light, because I DO fall short of the glory of God. Yet, despite this, God says that HE is enough. In my weaknesses, His perfect strength shines through. In fact, the more transparent I am about my own weakness, the more evident is the power of God in my life. I exalt Him far better when I humble myself than I ever can when I pretend to be perfect. After all, the sole purpose of who I am is to bring glory to God- yes, even in my weakness.
Paul goes on to say in the following verse, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” If, when we are weak, we humble ourselves before the God of the universe and openly confess our sins, His grace IS sufficient; and His mighty strength is a powerful force in all that we do for His glory. He is not surprised by our weaknesses; we were not intended to be strong enough to live a holy life on our own. He created us for relationship with Him, and it is through that relationship that He gives us His strength. And, through His strength, we are able to glorify Him. Then, the shame in our weakness is overshadowed by the power of His grace.
What a good God we serve!