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His Strength Made Perfect in Our Weakness

Every once in a while, the Lord lets me know how weak I really am. It is either through a physical difficulty, an emotional difficulty, a mental difficulty or a spiritual difficulty. And often, it is some combination of these.

I was reading today The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. Corrie had become a spiritual leader for hundreds of women in Barracks 28 at Ravenbrucks – a World War II concentration camp in Nazi Germany. However, in the latter days of her imprisonment, Corrie’s responsibility of Bible teaching in the overcrowded barrack had become lifeless and meaningless to her. The unbelievably horrible physical trials in this concentration camp had caused Corrie to submit to acts of personal selfishness – and Corrie, understandably, had found it very easy to justify her actions. In this continual giving in to selfishness, Corrie had lost her joy, and it showed in the now mechanical way in which she led the Bible teaching and worship time.

God did not leave her long in this joyless state. One night as she led devotions in the barracks, she read the following from 2 Corinthians 12:8-10:

“For this thing (this “thorn in the flesh”) I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Corrie’s heart and mind were blessedly opened to what God was saying to her: Rejoice in your weakness. Because when you are weak, then I am strong.

Corrie writes:

“And there it was.

The truth blazed like sunlight in the shadows of Barracks 28. The real sin I had been committing was not that of inching toward the center of a platoon because I was cold. The real sin lay in thinking that any power to help and transform came from me. Of course it was not my wholeness, but Christ’s that made the difference.”

Joy returned to Corrie, and she was able to again minister to those around her, but now with a recognition of and a reliance upon Him who is Strong.

Fellow pilgrims in this weary land, be reminded of this blessed truth. Acknowledge your weaknesses, rejoice in your weaknesses, and then rest in His Strength. It is God Who is All and Who does All.

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