Strength in Weakness

How often do we view our weaknesses or shortcomings as a gift from God?

Read 2 Corinthians 12:2-10.

It’s common for us to consider our strengths and talents as gifts from God, but how often do we view our weaknesses or shortcomings in the same way? In this reading, Paul reflects on this “thorn in his side”. Some scholars speculate it is a problem with his vision. He heavily relied on scribes to do his writing and in Galatians 6:11, we read, “See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!” Nonetheless, Paul views this malady as God’s way of keeping him humble.

Think of some of your weaknesses or shortcomings. How might God be using these as strengths? When have they helped you to identify with or empathize with another person? When viewed through the lens as God-given gifts, how can you become grateful for both your strengths and your weaknesses?

After reflecting on these questions, meditate on the comforting words in vs. 9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”


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