But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
God’s grace, his unmerited love for us, is enough. He is powerful enough to work through our weaknesses. Consider a well-known Christian—a quadriplegic who has also had stage three breast cancer. Yet, her speaking, writing, art, music, and movie have influenced many to grow closer to God. Consider a young Christian woman in the Muslim world who was beaten and driven from home by her family when she became a Christian. Yet, her openness to share what she believes has allowed her family to hear the truth about Christ.
Consider Paul, who openly arrested Christians and approved of their deaths. Once he became a Christian, he became known as one of the most powerful missionary forces of all time, healing and telling God’s truth wherever he went. Consider another missionary and her son. Her husband was killed by the very people he was trying to reach with God’s love. Yet, she still went and lived among those very men, bringing God’s message of forgiveness, with many believing as a result.
Maybe like me, you have had a difficult year or two. Maybe your health, circumstances, or past make it seem impossible for you to do something that makes a spiritual difference. Yet, here lies the paradox for Christians. God has said that his love is enough, and his strength is perfected through your frailty.
Reflect on the power of God’s love made perfect through weakness.
Caryl Aukerman is a wife, missionary, and mother of three, and has served with Global Partners in the country of Albania for over fifteen years.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.