We hate weakness. Think about it. We take pain meds for a headache, work out to be strong, eat healthy so our bodies will run well, and do everything in our power to stay well all year long. None of us like to be weak, ill, in pain, or run down. I don't know of any nation that does not want to be strong and powerful. It's a built-in part of our psyche. We all want to be strong, self-sufficient people who can, in America at least, "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps." But here is the kicker - only when we are weak can the Lord be strong on our behalf.
None of us, when given the choice, would rather trade weakness for strength, illness for health, or insecurity for stability. But it is in our weakness that we not only discover, but are witness to, the Lord's strength and work on our behalf. When we stumble and fall, grace abounds and He picks us back up and helps us keep walking on. When we should receive harsh reprimand and holy judgment, His mercy abounds and His grace is poured out. When we walk through wretched turmoil, we are given peace that surpasses all understanding. The Christian life is one that is full of paradoxes. When we seek answers, we are told to be still. When we die to ourselves we are given life. When we lose our life we gain it. When we are weak, we are made strong through Christ.
Only in our weakness are we made strong. Only in realizing how weak we are, do we come to terms with how very strong He is! So instead of kicking and fighting to overcome our weakness, let us rest in Him so that through our weakness His grace may abound, His mercy may abound, His love may abound, and His strength may abound on our behalf.