Thought for the day #295





2 Corinthians 12:9   (The Holy Bible, King James Version)


9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


We have been programmed to hide our weaknesses at all costs. Never, we are told, should we let others see any point of frailty or inadequacy within is.


Most are very subconscious about their areas of infirmity or lack of ability. They make every effort to hide it. Surely, they think, friendship and respect will be lost if anyone becomes aware of their imperfections.


The apostle, Paul, came before the Lord concerning what we believe to be a physical infirmity. It may have been some other weakness. It really doesn't matter. The important lesson that he gives in referring to his situation is contrary to our understanding, today.


The revealed truth is very simple. If no one sees my weakness, they will give me the credit for the positive things in my life, especially those things that are beyond normal human ability. Therefore, I rob God of his glory by concealing my weakness.


Our purpose as Christians is to become less "carnal" and more Christ-like. Continuing to serve the Lord with inspiration, in spite of our infirmities, brings glory to him. Then, everyone knows that our ability is the result of the supernatural power of Christ Jesus.


Therefore, we receive his strength, in spite of our weakness, and he receives glory and praise because of our weakness.


We have no reason to complain, only to rejoice in our limitations. The apostle Paul said: “I'd rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me”


Special thought: Ask yourself: “Would I rather complain about my inadequacy, or try to deny it, and limit the power of God; or, do I prefer to live as though my infirmity cannot hinder my productivity in the Kingdom of God. Thereby, giving Him glory as he allows me to walk in his strength, which is far beyond my natural ability?” Let us choose to abide in his power, not our own. We can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens us.



Dear Heavenly Father, I must admit that I have been a complainer and tried to hide my infirmities from others. I have allowed them to hinder my faith and labor for you. Please forgive me. Help me to except the lesson of Paul, by learning to walk in your ability instead of mine. I want you to be glorified in me. I need your strength. I don't want be limited to my own. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.