“I Take Pleasure in My Weaknesses”


10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Cor.12:10 NLT 

2 Cor. 12:7-10 NLT

In the verses from 2 Cor.11:5 to 12:7a, Paul has been making the case that only a fool would boast about the things that they accomplish in their own strength. He is making two points. One is that as long as we think we can, God won’t and the other is that we are foolish to think that we can do any of God’s work in our own strength.  Jesus made that fact very clear.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. — John 15:5

We are not put here on earth to brag and boast about ourselves and our accomplishments. Our purpose here on earth is to bring praise to God in our words and actions.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.​ — 1 Peter 2:9​

It is in our weakest moments that God shows up to deliver us, it is when we come to the end of our rope and ask God for wisdom, that He shows us the open door through which He will take us to safety. Therefore, let us, like Paul, delight in our weaknesses and in whatever situation we find ourselves, trust God. As long as we think we can, God will allow us to struggle on our own.

 “The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its  way to someone else.” – Anonymous

3 thoughts on ““I Take Pleasure in My Weaknesses”

  1. The allusion of strength through self-sufficiency is one of my greatest weaknesses. Thank you for this morning’s dose of medicine which called me up short and to my knees confessing that weakness yet again and drawing on His strength by abiding with Him.


  2. “I am weak but Thou art strong” is a gentle nudge we all need from time to time. Especially when get to that point in our lives that “we are too big for our britches” as they say out here in the country. I am praying that God will pour out His richest blessing upon you and yours, Phil 2:5 ” Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.”

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  3. I needed this word too. Oh, how I need Him!


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