Jesus wants to show us His power. As He showed the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that His grace would be enough to maintain Paul through all of Paul’s weakness. Therefore, Paul began to rejoice in his weakness, because the he saw that the weaker that he became, the stronger the Power of Christ rested on Him. According to 2 Corinthians 12:9, it says,
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”(King James version)
Paul learned about the powerful potential that is found in his “infirmities” allowed him to learn to rely and to trust in the supernatural empowerment of the Spirit of Christ to take over where he fell short. The Lord promised Paul that His strength is perfected in weakness.
But What Weakness Is the Lord Referring To?
Paul goes on to clearly define these weaknesses for us in the next verse. In 2 Corinthians 12:10, we gain more clarity when Paul says,
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”(KJV)
These weaknesses are defined in verse 10 as infirmities (or long-term disease), reproaches (or disgrace, shame), necessities (or urgent needs), persecutions, and being stressed and distressed for Christ’s sake. These are all considered by Paul to be the weakness that Jesus was referring to when he spoke to him. It is in the face of these weaknesses that Jesus wants to show us His power.
Then, Paul utters the iconic phrase,”…for when I am weak, then am I strong,”
How can this be?
How can a person be strong in their weakest state?
We discover from Paul that they can be strong in faith that expects the Lord to reveal His mighty power to a faithless world. The Lord wants to show us His power through His mighty presence that rests on the believer and to manifests miracles of deliverance and supernatural supply. We can see this manifestation in Paul’s life as he explains how the Lord gave signs of his apostleship in verse 12,
“Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.”(KJV)
Paul was actually able to perform these signs, wonders, and mighty deeds before the people while still in his weakened state. How? By the power of Christ that rested on him in a great way due to his weaknesses. Therefore, we can conclude that Jesus wants to show us His power in and through our weaknesses as we show Him that we are expecting Him to show up and show out! We must begin to expect a miracle everyday! A-men