Power in Weakness – Part 1
“But [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” (2 Corinthians 12:9a NIV)
The Bible says that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. No wonder the apostle Paul said that he would delight “in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” For when he was weak, he said, then he was strong.
This is why Jesus picked fishermen, rather than the religious leaders of his day, to represent him. The scribes and the Pharisees were puffed up because of their knowledge and their religiosity and the notion that they were descendants of the patriarch Abraham. Contrast this with the attitude of fishermen such as Peter and Andrew and James and John, who felt their weakness when it came to the things of God. It was also why Jesus let them fail before he was crucified—because then, when they went out to be used by God after Jesus died and rose again and ascended back to the Father, their dependence would be on the Lord and on the promised Holy Spirit, rather than on themselves.
On whom would you depend if you were Peter? After all, he had boasted of his loyalty to Jesus only to find himself denying him when Jesus was arrested and the other disciples had scattered. How would you pray and depend on the Lord if you were Peter? The result of his reliance on God after Jesus’ death and resurrection was that after his unplanned, first sermon, three thousand souls were added to the number of believers. At another time, Peter and John were put in prison because they were preaching Christ to the crowds after the healing of a lame beggar; and when they were brought before the religious council, it says in the New Testament book of Acts that “Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit,” began to proclaim the salvation there is in Jesus’ name. Their dependence was on the Lord, and this was acknowledged even by the religious leaders. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
To be continued…
Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-9.