Why Weakness is Really Your Greatest Strength

{By Taylor Turner}

Don’t be discouraged today. Yes, you’re aware of your weaknesses and failures, but for each of them there’s forgiving, transforming grace.”

And thus began my reading of just a daily snippet from Paul David Tripp’s newest book New Morning Mercies.

I was hit hard with its truth and encouraged by Tripp’s gospel devotional – and I want to share it with you.

weakness is strength

As with failures in life, weaknesses are very good things – depending on your attitude and perspective.

They remind you of the necessity for humility. In fact, just as Tripp pointed out, the Apostle Paul spoke to this very experience:

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleased with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardship, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 12: 7 – 10).”

Tripp eloquently and shares a rubber-meets-the-road devotional about this passage that I want to share with you:

“God chooses for you to be weak to protect you from you and to cause you to value the strength that only He can give. In this way, the weaknesses that He sends your way are not impediments to the good life. They are not in the way of His loving plan. They are not signs of His lack of care. They are not indicators of the failure of His promises. They do not expose gaps in the theology that we hold dear. They are not indications that the Bible contradicts itself when it says that God will meet all of your needs.

No, these weaknesses are tools of His zealous and amazing grace.

They protect you from the arrogance of self-reliance that tempts us all. They keep you from thinking that you’re capable of what you’re not. They remind you that you are needy and were created to be dependent on One greater than you. They cause you to do what all of us in some way resist doing – humbly run to God for the help that only He can give.

So your weaknesses are not the big danger that you should fear. What you should really fear are your delusions of strength. When you tell yourself that you are strong, you quit being excited about God’s rescuing, transforming, and empowering grace. Paul actually celebrated his weaknesses, because as he did, the power of God rested upon him. He didn’t live a fearful, discouraged, and envious life; he was content because he knew weakness is the doorway to real power, power that only God can and willingly does supply.”

So, don’t be discouraged today. Yes, you are aware of your weaknesses – and strengths – but for both of them there is forgiving, transforming grace.

I highly recommend taking a look at this book and letting its words have a chance to work in your life!

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