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Strength in Weakness? How Can that Be?

December 21, 2020

I’m ashamed to admit I have difficulty comprehending work-related stuff, grasp the concepts discussed in technical meetings and courses, and solve difficult tasks. Unfortunately for me, this happens most of the time.

I’m in the IT industry. That world is always evolving, advancing. Innovation almost happens overnight. And if you can’t adapt and continuously improve, you get left behind. No matter how much I hustle, I’m still not where I want to be.

When I find myself in this situation, my initial response is to put myself down.

“Why can’t I be as good?”

“Why am I so dull-witted?”

“Why does it take me long to catch-up when the husband (or this person) could do it in a minute?.”

In desperation, I went down to my knees one day and ask “Lord, what’s wrong with me? Why am I lacking?”

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

We are not always strong. Even the strengths we boast about are tarnished with imperfections. Some of us may be experts in specific areas but we can’t know-it-all. We all have blind spots. We are plagued with weaknesses.

But here’s the Good News…

When we recognize our frailties, we qualify for God’s grace.

Frustration happens when we depend on our finite capabilities.


Thankfully, God’s grace is available. This means we don’t have to rely on our limitations but on the limitless-God.

I breathe a sigh of relief. I may be lacking but I’m qualified to receive God’s strength.

No, it’s not dumb to have weaknesses. We lack because we are limited. But take heart, we can depend on God’s supply. In my case, I need help in the area of the mind, which means, I can put on the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 ESV)

Can the mind of Christ understand perplexing concepts?

Can the mind of Christ solve difficult problems?

Can the mind of Christ  comprehend anything at all?

When we depend on the Lord, He will help us navigate the difficult waters. This doesn’t mean we’ll only have to sit down and do nothing.

No. It’s a proactive partnership. We work out what God supplies. Here’s a simple analogy. Can a full tank car take you places while parked? Impossible. It has to ignite, move, utilize that full tank of gasoline.

God supplies the fuel. We used it up. Work it out. Burn it.

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The lilt on my new boss’ accent, the noisy background, and the choppy call connection makes it difficult for me to comprehend what he is talking about.

But rather than fumble in frustration and struggle in silence, I remember that my ineptitude avails me of God’s confidence. Hence, I spoke up and politely ask if he could write the meeting minutes by e-mail. Thankfully, he did.

Laboring to update my rusty skills, a technical fog looms over my mind while the online instructor belabors for my attention. Gosh, I didn’t grasp that last part.

But instead of beating myself up, casting ‘dumb’ words on my confused mind, I remember that I have the mind of Christ. I only have to go back to that complicated part again and again until comprehension comes.

I admit I’m full of inadequacies yet all the more I boast about them, so God’s power will rest upon me.

Yes it’s possible, God’s power makes us strong in our weaknesses.

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