Perfect in Weakness?

Here is my journaling for September 23, 2019

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.   2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Here is a new concept for me….therefore I will boast all the more GLADLY(?) about my weaknesses

SO THAT Christ’s power may react on me…ha typo may be correct. REST on me and react on me. Yes, Lord.

React upon me, Lord

How did I miss this? All this discussion about weakness and boasting and all I captured was thorn in the flesh and God said no, He would not remove it. Had verse 19 over and over since Fibro diagnosis 1998. Here we are in 2019 and I finally see new insights on the passage, 21 years later, yikes.

I will boast all the more gladly about my multiple weaknesses. I must study this out. At least try to gain understanding for this week, this month, this time.

NRSV 2 COR 11:30 IF I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

2 COR 12:5b,on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses

2COR 12:9 but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. NIV

THEREFORE, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

HARPER STUDY BIBLE FOOTNOTES: Three times I appealed means often. God stood by Paul and gave him His grace, enabling him to bear the infirmity in a manner by which God was glorified. Even though God does not take away from us some of the physical burdens He has sent, we like Paul can glory in our infirmities, know that God produces strength out of our weaknesses.

Show me the meaning of this Lord in terms of upcoming foot surgery, chronic pain, Your work through me, my attitude towards the pain. Oh Father, I so need Your help in this. For years I have struggled to honor You in the midst of ailments. Shift my frame of reference. Help me SEE Your hand at work in this. Show me how to not complain, but endure through You.

I need Your touch to bring wisdom to this – beginners mind all over again. How do I embark on a way of life where there is no complaining and murmuring about pain, but patient endurance, watching for Your hand at work, listening for Your voice of direction, correction and encouragement?

Paul wrote, therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me -so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

And that morning I wrote this prayer which I have been focused upon ever since. The typo ‘rest upon me’ that became ‘react upon me’ was left in the prayer purposely.

Rest upon me Power of Christ
Dwell within me Power of Christ
Use my every weakness to Your glory
Close my mouth
Change complaining to rejoicing
Let Your power REACT upon me
Yes, Lord, take my complaining fallen nature
React upon me: make that nature holy for You
Father, make me content for the sake of Christ
Boasting about my multiple weaknesses I must show
That left to myself I would simply be a puddle of stinking flesh
Transfigure that puddle Holy Father to something You can use for
Your glory.
New life in the midst of old struggles to find Your strength
made perfect in the midst of my weaknesses.
I hold to these promises.

The same day I read a devotional with this quote:

It is not the strength of the tool, but the strength of the hand that uses the tool, that does the work.”

Help me live Philippians 2:14 NRSV “Do all things without murmuring and arguing.”

2 Corinthians 12:7 b-10 (NIV2011)   Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

One thought on “Perfect in Weakness?

  1. What an insight at a most appropriate moment. But remember that sharing your pain is not the same as “murmuring and complaining”.

    It is such a positive approach to upcoming uncertainty. He (and many others) will be by your side.

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