Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday's Quote: Our Weaknesses Are Really Strengths?

I don't know about you, but I don't like having weaknesses.  I don't like admitting that I have them, and I don't want anyone else to know what they are (although they're probably pretty obvious to anyone who knows me).  But what if our weaknesses are really our strengths?  As Gary Thomas says in A Lifelong Love:
It is in our weaknesses--as individuals and perhaps as couples--that Christ's power comes to rest on us; often it is only when we are at our end that we make way for God to begin.  If God resolved every issue, every child's problem, and every spouse's annoyance with our first uttered prayer, we'd be weaker saints.  We'd be weaker couples.  We wouldn't display the power of Christ.  Or we'd display it to a much lesser degree. 
Can you thank God for that child who keeps you on your knees?....  Can you understand that God may not remove some difficulties that you hate because He wants you to rely on the supernatural power of Christ that He loves? 
I believe it will change our marriages and our walks with God if we stop expecting every problem to be fixed and instead expect every difficulty to help us learn Paul's secret of strength in weakness. 
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  (p. 81)
If we didn't have any weaknesses, we wouldn't need God's strength.  And then we wouldn't need God.  But as we learn to rely on God, we draw closer to Him and become more like Christ.  And isn't that what our lives here are really supposed to be about?

Do you see your weaknesses as strengths?  I must admit that I need to work to change my perspective.

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