Revisiting an idea from the past. God is made known through our weaknesses.

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

I was reviewing a blog of some friends who are headed to Peru, and I reread this post.  I was challenged again by this crazy pursuit of learning Spanish as I recognized how far I have to go to learn this language.  It is a lot of work, and for a mind that is becoming set in its English speaking ways, I think the transition is even tougher.  As I read the post, I was reminded of a speaker who came to speak at our school during chapel.  He spoke Spanish, but not well.  He had come to language school in his 50’s or early 60’s, and as you would expect, learning Spanish had been difficult.  Even now, after being in the country for a couple years, he struggled with his Spanish grammar.  Yet he expressed joy in the difficulty, and he spoke to us of how God’s power is made perfect in weakness.  When we suffer and demonstrate our frailties and our inadequacies, when we allow people to see how broken and weak we are, and when we cannot do the job well . . . when we are lacking in all these ways, yet we persist in obedience and love to do the work that God has called each of us to do, he is glorified all the more.  When the missionary spoke in his broken Spanish, in front of his former teachers and the current students, with all his imperfections on display I was completely drawn to his obedience.  I was more drawn to his obedience and surrender to the will of God than I have been to those who master the language.  And so I remind myself daily that God makes himself known to the world through the brokenness of his people, as they walk out their faith in love and humility.

2 thoughts on “Revisiting an idea from the past. God is made known through our weaknesses.

  1. Thanks, Will. What a great encouragement that He is strong in our weakness, and that what He wants from us is our obedience. I needed that reminder! Love you guys, denny.

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    • Denny, thanks for reading. It is so good to have an encouraging word and feedback on a post. I think I must be working through some things because this idea keeps coming back to me. We had a chapel talk on it today from another speaker. I was challenged anew to embrace the weakness instead of trying to hide it, which is what I want to do. Again thanks, and God bless you.

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