When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong 2 Cor. 12:10
When I am weak, then I am strong.
Sometimes we just aren’t strong enough to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn to go running in the middle of January.
At the time of this writing, most people battling their way through their new years resolutions. Unfortunately, many of those same people have already learned that trying harder this year didn’t work any better than it did last year.
Sometimes we just aren’t strong enough to stick with that all broccoli diet. We can’t make it through the day without losing our temper, and we definitely can’t wake up at the butt crack of dawn to go running in the middle of January.
The fact is that trying harder just doesn’t work most of the time. According to one study, 25 percent of new years resolutions fail within the first week, over 35 percent in the first month, and over half don’t make it through June. By the end of the year, almost 9 out of 10 resolutions become another item on the failed attempt list.
Our will and our determination can often be about as firm as our Christmas abs are.
Even more to the point, we’re just absolutely and pathetically weak in a lot of areas. Our will and our determination can often be about as firm as our Christmas abs are, and we are better off when we can finally come to terms with this.
One of the most influential men ever to live made the statement, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” This guy radically affected change in his community, the nation, the surrounding nations, and even the whole world for a couple of millennia after his death.
The man was the apostle Paul. Writer of over 30% of the new testament, and the guy who endured just about every imaginable suffering because of his commitment to the cause. He was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, whipped, imprisoned, and eventually martyred for his beliefs.
Call me crazy, but that sounds like the opposite of weak. I can’t imagine having the will-power to do any of those things, let alone all of them, but I think that is exactly the point we need to get.
Our destinies in life are unattainable when we approach them in our own strength.
Our destinies in life are unattainable when we approach them in our own strength. God hard-wired us to operate with the help of others, especially Him!
The saying, ‘God will never put more on you than you can bear‘ is pretty much false. If you want to live a full and abundant life of purpose, you will frequently encounter obstacles that are bigger than you.
One of the greatest hindrances to you reaching your goals is relying on your own strength to get there. Many of us have what I like to call God-planted ideas, dreams, and hopes inside of us, but we try to get there without Him and the people he puts in our lives. It doesn’t work.
We will never reach any of the God-planted hopes, dreams, and ideas within us if we try to get there without His help and the help of those He puts in our lives.
So maybe today you’re looking at another failed attempt, or you’re feeling the pressure to throw in the towel and quit. Good! You’re at a point where you can recognize your need for help.
When you get to a place of weakness, then you’re standing on a bridge between failure and destiny. You’ll either quit, or you’ll step across into the outstretched hand of an empowering Savior and His people.
Are you stuck in the cycle of trying harder each time, only to fail again and again? Maybe it’s time to acknowledge your weakness and ask for His help.