The New Testament Scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 12:
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.
Below are a few notes I took, with some additions:
God’s power is released in my weakness.
My personal weakness lies in my lack of training: I need certifications and can’t afford them. I need to finish college and can’t afford it. I don’t have the education I need in order to get the promotion I so badly need.
God’s response? ‘My power is made perfect in your weakness.’
The Corinthians were strong and spiritually gifted. They were also proud and divided. They believed their gifts were theirs. But God’s greatest gift to us is weakness.
Are we cursing God because of our weakness? ‘If I could only be strong, I might have a shot at being God’s hands and feet.’
God works more powerfully in our weaknesses than our strengths.
Our weakness reminds us of God’s strength.
In the midst of debilitating weakness, God says, ‘my grace is sufficient’.
He doesn’t despise us for our weaknesses.
We must learn to see that weakness as my greatest opportunity.
In our weakness, his strength flows through us.
Edit: As I was looking to Facebook for encouragement (Reddit and Twitter are downers today), more encouragement came in the form of a post from a friend:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
– Deuteronomy 31:8
Because God is omnipresent, He is able to go ahead of us–preparing a way–without ever leaving our side. That’s incredible! We are truly never alone.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong; for the Lord upholds his hand.”
– Psalm 37:23-24