ABILITY and CAPABILITY

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

You don’t notice God’s ability as much in your areas of capability. For example, let’s say you are gifted with your speech and are able to strike up a conversation with anyone nad set him at ease. It’s not a challenge for you to enter a social setting in which you do not know many people. You have several new friends before you leave the room.

As a result, you often do not think of asking God to give you His strength and wisdom when you interact with people. He is the One who gifted you in that way, of course, but you are not as conscious of His involvement. But let’s also imagine that you are not a good cook. No matter how closely you follow a recipe, something always goes wrong. People politely don’t say much when they taste your dishes.

When you are asked to deliver a meal to a person with a long-term illness, a shiver of dread runs down your spine. You want to help, but you also know that this is not your area of expertise. In this situation, you would not hesitate to run to the Lord to ask for help.

That is the purpose of our weaknesses, whether they are physical, emotional, spiritual, or vocational. God wants you to run to Him; He desires your dependence because it reminds you of His loving care and sufficiency. The truth is, He wants you always to rely on His ability, and He lets you have weaknesses so you’ll be sure to ask.

Father, help me learn to thank You for my weaknesses. They make me rely more on You.

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