The Power of God in Our Weakness

By Jeff Wittmer

by Danielle Dolin

In the raw vulnerability of our humanity, we often find ourselves pleading with the Lord to relieve us of our weaknesses, struggles, and the thorns that pierce our lives. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, the apostle Paul candidly shares his plea, recounting the divine response that unveils a profound truth about the power of God.

Pleading for Relief:

We, too, echo Paul’s pleas. In moments of adversity, pain, or insurmountable challenges, we cry out for relief, seeking a reprieve from our weaknesses. Yet, in these moments of vulnerability, God’s transformative power finds its fullest expression.

Abundant Grace:

God’s response to Paul’s plea is a revelation that resonates through the ages: “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” The divine assurance is not in removing the thorn but in the abundant grace that sustains us amid our weaknesses and inability. God’s grace is not a meager provision but an overflowing wellspring that meets us at our point of need.

Power in Weakness:

As men of faith, we are called to a counterintuitive celebration of our weaknesses. Why? Because, in our weakness, the mighty power of Christ is magnified. It’s not about self-sufficiency but a radical dependence on the transformative power that resides in us through the indwelling Spirit of Christ.

Sensing the Power of Christ:

In embracing our weaknesses, we discover a profound truth—the more vulnerable we become, the more deeply we sense Christ’s mighty power. It’s not about the absence of struggles but an awareness of the supernatural strength that sustains us in our weakness.

Prayer:

Lord, in our weaknesses, may Your grace be our strength. Help us celebrate our vulnerabilities, for in them, Your power finds its full expression. In moments of weakness, may we sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in us. Amen.

As we navigate the complexities of life, let us embrace the paradoxical truth that it is in our weaknesses that the power of God is most gloriously revealed. May our journey be a testament to the transformative strength that comes from a surrendered heart, celebrating the power of Christ living within us.


Jeff Wittmer is a Certified Life Coach, entrepreneur, and trainer of coaches and leaders. He founded Burning Bush Life Coaching and California Coaching Collaborative, which offers Certification Credentials for Life Coaches. In addition to coaching, Jeff has been a lead pastor, church planter, motivational speaker, and most recently, an instructor at Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California, where he lives with his lovely wife, Sheri, and the rest of his crew. Jeff’s goal as a communicator is to awaken people to their God-given brilliance, raising their spiritual intelligence and empowering them to live a more abundant and vibrant life.

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