I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday (FMF) community (on a Monday) for our weekly writing adventure. This week’s prompt is, “Strong.” I am sharing a post originally written in 2019, for a 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge.
It is one of the paradoxes of the Christian life, of life in the Kingdom of God: the person who is most aware of her need of God, that he can do nothing without Him, is strong. This truth is clearly demonstrated in what God said to the Apostle Paul after he beseeched Him three times to remove an unnamed “thorn.” He told him, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, AMP).
This revelation changed Paul’s perspective on his circumstances. He exulted, “Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, AMP).
Let us read that last phrase out loud together, “..for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength] (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, AMP). Our ABBA has never required us to be strong in our own human strength.