“God’s Strength Cannot Be Made Perfect in Our Strength”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

After a long moment’s struggle in prayer for healing, the apostle Paul receives this revelation from the Lord: “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

He must first be “emptied” of himself, of his strength, of his personal ambitions, to be able to realize: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

How many times have we tried to progress in our Christian life by our own strength! The more I count on my own capabilities, on my friends and my reason stamped with human wisdom, less I will allow God the opportunity to be powerfully manifest.

The Lord seems sometimes to wait for the last moment to act: when there is no longer any solution, when we are ready to abandon it all, then we are obligated to recognize our weakness.

This weakness is not a subject of despair. It is a reality that allows me to come to God with humility and to open myself to his powerful action in my life.

—Jean-Marc Botteron