Strength in Weakness
"Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body." - 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 (CSB)
Strength in weakness is a paradox. Who feels strong in weakness? Jesus says
everyone who belongs to Him is at their best even when they might feel their worst. It was the experience of Jesus’ most devoted follower, Paul who pleaded with God to make him feel strong by removing an unnamed affliction from his life (2 Cor. 12:7-8). Jesus responded by saying, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
As Tori walks her own journey of affliction (and I with her), our prayer is that we will embody the living truth of “strength in weakness.” We already see God’s power at work in our weakness. By God’s grace, we aren’t anxious, fearful, or spiraling downward in disbelief about her stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis. We are hopeful, joyful, and filled with supernatural peace. It’s not because we are strong; it’s because we are weak. The strength people see isn’t from our reservoir of inner fortitude; it’s from the risen power of Jesus Christ who sustains us day by day. His grace is overflowing in us so that even in our weakness we are strong.
-Tim & Tori