This is the only occasion where an Apostle lets you into his private spiritual experiences. This uniqueness should give us pause. The human heart is too easily impressed and led astray by the self-proclaimed spiritual experiences of those who would lead. Such experiences should be treated as we should treat those of other intimate relationships such as marriage – with a jealous privacy, modesty and respect!
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
We are reminded again of the worth in submission under God’s will, in the situations He places us in. Situations where we might be insulted or suffer a calamity.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
It is an upside-down logic for any worldly understanding, because we are so far from God.
But He has come near in Jesus, and brought us near through Jesus – So that in our weakness He can be glorified. There is worth in our weakness!
Let’s be encouraged in this, and continue to wrestle with what this means for us.
* Lord God,
Thank You that even though we are weak, Your strength is shown through us.
Thank You for Jesus, our Saviour and King.
Please help us each day to be more like Him.
Please show us today from Your word what You would have us know.