Veiled Strength

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 13:1-4

How often people look at strength but label it weakness. A man chooses to walk away from a fight and is perceived to be feeble. Another chooses to be patient and gentle instead of rude and is characterized as a pushover. The truth is: restraint and self-control demand great strength.

In Corinth, Paul’s critics thought him to be weak. What they saw was a preacher, who by his own admission, said, “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3). What they saw was a man who once described himself as being “gentle among you, like a mother caring for her children” (1 Thess. 2:7). The Apostle’s critics perceived this method of ministry to be a sign of weakness. What they failed to see was the power of God at work.

The same happened to Jesus. He was crucified in weakness with many believing him to be weak. But in reality he was disarming evil powers and authorities, triumphing over them. Such is the way of God. He often veils his power in human weakness. So, when Christians live virtues of humility, servanthood, kindness, and honesty, the world may think them weak, but great is God’s power within them.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us always to be strong in moral leadership and decisions by your power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.