When You're Not Strong Enough

Anastasis Faith

I was sitting alone in my room. Thinking. Then those thoughts turned to quiet whispers. Then, to tears.
I had to face it.
I wasn’t strong enough.
I was weak.
I felt the weight of my failures, my weaknesses, and my sins drowning me in self-pity.
Then I just couldn’t hold it in any longer. I couldn’t pretend that I had everything worked out. I couldn’t keep lying to myself that I was strong enough to handle my life and my struggles on my own.
That night, someone sent me a devotional for Morning Glory’s Daily Devotional for the next day. I was going to proof it and draft it to be sent out. I pulled it up and my eyes fell on this verse.

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

My tears came harder. I read those words over and over again, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness,” and then, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
If that wasn’t enough, I got an email talking about God being strong in our weakness. And then, the next chapter I was supposed to read in my Bible was 2 Corinthians 12. I guess that STILL wasn’t enough, because then, awaiting me in my Blogger feed was an article posted on The Rebelution called, “I Am Weak (And That’s My Greatest Strength).”
Sisters, I am weak and so are you. There will be times in your life when you will reach the end of yourself. Times when you will be faced with this fact.

I. Am. Weak.

But listen, it’s okay to be weak, because our strength can’t come from us and isn’t supposed to come from us. It comes from our gracious Lord and Savior.
When you realize your limitations and discover how weak you are and when you surrender that weakness to God, then you can become the effective tool that God created you to be. When you stop trying to be strong in your own strength, THEN God can use you to fulfill the works He has for you (Ephesians 2:10). God doesn’t just use us despite our weakness, but even He uses us through our weakness.
I am weak. You are weak. And that is good. Our strength is in Christ.

When have you seen your own weakness and Christ’s strength? Do you have any stories or thoughts to share? Feel free to leave a comment! 

Anastasis Faith / Author & Editor

Anastasis is a Texas girl who enjoys writing, blogging, and music. You can connect with her here on her blog, or at morningglorypursuingjesus @yahoo.com

2 comments:

  1. This was so encouraging to me! I have felt the very same way so many times. I feel like I'll never be good enough, like I'll never measure up, and the Lord has taught me that's true, but that's because I was trying of my own strength. When I surrender and turn to Him instead, He does mighty things. I have that verse stuck to the canopy above my bed, so every night as I lay my head on my pillow and look up, I see those words. Our God is awesome! :)

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    1. That's so great to hear! It is such a comforting and relieving truth. Thanks for sharing, Sunny! :)

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