Lately I’ve had trouble sleeping….
Lack of sleep is such a reminder of how weak and fragile my body is, and how weak and fragile I am – I run out of energy more easily; my mind is slower; my patience runs out more easily; I’m more emotional; and to be honest, I’m a bit grumpy!
My weakness, however, reminds me of God’s strength. As a child, I learnt the song, ‘Jesus Loves Me’:
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak, but He is strong
I am weak, but He is strong. My body may be worn out, and my mind weary, but my strength is found in the Lord my God: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
My weakness is an invitation to lean into God and find my strength in Him.
God strengthens and restores the weak: “For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for” (2 Corinthians 13:9)
In my weakness, I am most aware of the strength of Jesus dwelling within me. In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul describes how “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power belongs to God and not to us”. I am a jar of clay. I am easily broken. Cracks form over time; my contents begin to leak. But as a Christian, I have the most wonderful treasure within me – my Saviour Jesus – who dwells in me through the Holy Spirit. If cracks and chips form, it is His light and glory that are on display. As my weakness is exposed, His strength is revealed.
My weakness is not a reason to wallow, but an opportunity to boast in the strength of my Lord and Saviour. In his weakness, Paul boasts in the strength and power of Jesus: ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).