Strength in Weakness

John Koedyker

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

For when I am weak, then I am strong. (v. 10 NIV)

Paul is still stuck on this boasting thing. Another reason that he could boast (if he chose to) about his apostleship is that he has had so many revelations from God. But he says he will refrain from doing so. In fact, he says that the Lord has given him something to keep him from being too conceited. He calls it his “thorn in the flesh.” Many have speculated what that thorn was—headaches, epilepsy, bad eyesight? No one knows for sure. But undoubtedly it kept Paul humble.

As Paul speaks about this thorn, he realizes that if he must boast, the best thing for him to do is boast about this weakness. Although the thorn tormented him, and he had pleaded with God to take it away, he was actually grateful for it. Through this weakness, Paul asserted, Christ’s power was evident in him.

God often uses what the world thinks of as weak to accomplish his purposes. Moses wasn’t a good public speaker. David was just a young shepherd boy. Mary was still a teenager when she gave birth to Jesus. God used them all—mightily.

Sometimes we think the task at hand is beyond our capabilities. But God can do great things—even through our weaknesses!


Thank you, Lord, for using the weak things in this world. Amen.