The Gift Of Weakness – Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

I have hit my limit tonight. Fatigue, which is generally absent from my mind and body, has arrived. I am human, a tired, weak, ready-for-bed human.

That is a disappointing discovery, except that I could probably use my languor as an excuse to watch Castle and Big Bang Theory.

But I am reminded that being weak is a gift from God. It’s a strange gift. I doubt weakness is ever on the birthday or Christmas list. Yet, it is our human frailty that brings us to God’s strength and power.

As human beings all we know is weakness. Even on our strongest days we can’t make a storm stop, or raise the dead or save a sinner. Scripture says God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Tonight I am feeling my weakness, but the truth is, compared to my Lord and Savior, I am always weak. That is not such a bad place to be. When I am weak I learn what really sustains me each day—grace. Jesus, who became human so He could experience my weakness, said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The more I recognize what little strength I have and how weak I truly am, the more I discover that God’s grace is all I need and through that God brings me His strength. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).

I would rather be weak and receive God’s grace and the Spirit’s help than to be strong in my own right.


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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