“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”Apostle Paul
Sumer is around the corner and quarantine life is not helping the waist line. In the gym I have learned that muscles do not grow during the exercise process. Muscles actually grow during the recovery.
During a weight lifting session, muscles are stressed and fibers are torn under pressure. The more the muscles tear, the more critical the recovery. Once the muscle reaches full recovery it can bare a little more weight. Muscles must be torn repeatedly to provide stimulation to grow. The growth happens in the recovery.
Often, in our life we face struggles that exposes us under extreme stress. We tend to ask God, “why must it be this way?, why must this happen?” We are like the muscles in our body. The more pressure we are exposed too, the more opportunity for growth.
As the fibers tear and the muscles experience trauma, what is actually happening is that capacity is being created. We cannot bear any load with out first experiencing the trauma followed by recovery. The Apostle Paul knew all about the trauma we can encounter in life, yet in his weakest moments he teaches us that it is actually our strongest.
Paul pleaded God on three occasions to remove the thorn in his flesh. God’s response is sovereign. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” It was never God’s intention to remove him from the struggle, but to have Paul endure through it for a purpose.
Paul was being perfected through the trauma. We misinterpret what God allows us to experience. Our struggle will not be prayed away because the purpose is to endure through it creating in us resistance and expanding our capacity.
Our weakest moment is actually our strongest when we are in Gods hands. I would rather have one percent of God’s strength over my life than one hundred percent of my own.
Paul said, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Because he understood that when we are at our weakest point, God is up to something.
Do not pray it away, rather let the stress and pressure develop endurance in you. Pray for God’s will over your life and His strength to endure it. Once we are through it, thank Him for it because of our weakest moment, we are now at our strongest.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Corinthians 12:10