Timothy Coutts 1

RENEWAL

TIMOTHY COUTTS

II Corinthians 12:9

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

We hate to admit that we’re weak. We want to appear as the strongest, the best, and the most stable. To be weak is to be flawed. But everyone has weaknesses and none of these weaknesses are flaws in the grand design of God; you are perfectly and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).   God knows that there are areas in our lives in which we are weaker than others and that’s where he is more than happy to step in and lend his endless power.

Think about this: if we didn’t have weaknesses we would be superhuman and wouldn’t have a need for God. He wants us to need Him. As humans, it’s crazy to think about admitting our weaknesses to others let alone boasting about them as God calls us to do. When we do this we are admitting our need for God’s strength and are allowing him to work through us in powerful ways. We can’t do this life alone. We are frail, time constrained beings, so stop relying on yourself, because you will continually fail. Lean fully into God’s power and allow him to do mighty works through you.

QUESTION 1. How do you handle your weaknesses? Do you seek to get better, learn more and seek God, or do you try to cover them up?
QUESTION 2. Do you believe that God has more than enough strength for you, and have you ever leaned into that strength?
CHALLENGE: Give your weaknesses to God and let him build his strength in you.