“9But 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. 10That 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.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
The revelation that Paul shares to the Corinthians flies at the face of common thinking during his era, and today. Weakness is the secret to the demonstration of God's power, made perfect. Even as follower's of Christ, this is hard to comprehend.
"Weakness" means without strength. It is a condition that deprives a person of accomplishing what they would like to do. Sycomore, that's us in so many ways! How many of us wanted that job, and it's so out of our hands to get it? How many of us have relationships in family or work that is so difficult, we just can't get it to a place we want, the way we would like it? How many of us have a need that we want now, but we have no idea how we will get it? How many of us have that stress that just won't go away? This is "weakness"! But Paul discovered the hidden mystery of our faith, which is that in our "weakness", God's power is made "perfect", which means God's ability (not our ability) to accomplish it rests on us!
Sycomore, if you find yourself in a state of "weakness", like Paul, embrace it (dare to take pleasure in it, or boast in it!). Embracing weakness doesn't mean that we get passive about our situation and cave in. It means, that we don't trust in our ability, but actively trust that God's power and ability to fulfill and accomplish will rest on you!