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Weakness Is Actually Part of God’s Plan

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Weakness Is Actually Part of God’s Plan

If we never experienced any pain, never missed the mark, never experienced any kind of suffering, could we actually grow?

God actually used weakness to complete the work He wanted to do in Jesus through the things He suffered. This is why Peter and the disciples told Jesus He was not to go to Jerusalem, suffer and die. Weakness could not be the plan of God.

Jesus you are all powerful. Jesus you have all authority in heaven and earth. It didn’t make sense that you, of all people, should suffer.

But God chose the pathway of weakness to finish His work in Jesus. “Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, but we see him crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death. Through God’s kindness he died on behalf of everyone.”[1]

The Apostle Paul was a man of faith and power. Once he was stoned and left for dead (Acts 14) but got up like nothing happened and he went on. Another time he was bitten by a deadly poisonous snake and merely shook it off. Paul prayed over dead people and they came back to life. Through his faith he saw amazing miracles happen again and again.

Paul experienced visions and deeply spiritual revelations. He even described them in 2 Corinthians 12, and wrote about them in the third person as if he was writing about someone else’s experience!

“I know a believer in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven 14 years ago. I don’t know if his body was taken up or not. Only God knows. I don’t know if that man was in his body or out of it. Only God knows. But I do know that – he was taken up to paradise. He heard things that couldn’t be put into words. They were things that people aren’t allowed to talk about.”[2]

As wonderful and amazing as those experiences were, Paul discovered that they were not what caused him to grow the most. In fact, these spiritual experiences had the potential to harm Paul, to become a stumbling block through spiritual pride.

So God chose to weaken Paul in order to keep him grounded.

During that season of weakness Paul made an amazing discovery. The pathway to power was through weakness. The more he embraced his own weakness the more he leaned into God’s power.

Paul writes; “I could have become proud of myself because of the amazing and wonderful things God has shown me. So I was given a problem that caused pain in my body. It is a messenger from Satan to make me suffer. Three times I begged the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.’ So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me. Because of how I suffered for Christ, I’m glad that I am weak. I am glad in hard times. I am glad when people say mean things about me. I am glad when things are difficult. And I am glad when people make me suffer. When I am weak, I am strong.”[3]

Weakness is actually a part of God’s plan.

 

[1] Hebrews 2:9 GW

[2] 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 GW

[3] 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 GW

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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