Today, I want to talk to you about weaknesses. Yes, weaknesses. We all have them, and we don’t like to talk about them. The enemy continuously tries to heap guilt and condemnation on us because of our imperfections. Therefore, how you view your weaknesses can make all the difference in the world. In fact, if you don’t have the proper perspective, your mental health is destined to be adversely affected.
God Himself purposely built strengths and weaknesses into each of us when He fashioned us in our mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” That means He knew what imperfections you would possess before you ever showed up on planet earth. The question is why did God “equip” you with weaknesses? Believe it or not, weaknesses serve several good purposes:
- They differentiate us from the Creator. God’s perfect, we’re not. This is a simple but profound truth in that if we were perfect, we would be God. Therefore, our weaknesses force to recognize that God is on a different and higher level. Matthew 23:8 says, “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.” Therefore, we must reverence Him for Who He is, the Almighty Creator of the Universe.
- They equalize us as human beings. Regardless of what strengths you may have, how beautiful your exterior, or what your socioeconomic status may be, the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our heavenly Father built in weaknesses so that we would not get a haughty spirit and think that we are better than others. Everyone has strengths, and everyone has weaknesses. That truth keeps us grounded and helps us to fight pride, condemnation, and inferiority the devil attempts to heap upon us.
- They keep us dependent on God. In 2 Corinthians 12:8, Paul asked God to take away the thorn in His flesh three times, but God refused and said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” He forced the apostle to depend on Him, and our weaknesses serve the same purpose in our lives. God built in weaknesses so that we won’t become self-sufficient. They are a necessary part of our existence that keeps us divinely connected to the Father.
- They force us to depend on each other. Because of our weaknesses, the Body of Christ is unified. Our weaknesses compel us to be an interconnected group of people who need each other. I Corinthians 12:21 says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” Therefore, God allowed each of us to have weaknesses so that we can depend on each other to get the help we need and provide access to spiritual gifts we lack.
So, you see? Weaknesses aren’t so bad after all. They are nothing to be ashamed of, and we can freely admit that we have them. The enemy is the one who wants to shame us over our weaknesses, but God is merciful and will never reject us because of them. In His wisdom, He lovingly built “flaws” into us for an express purpose. Therefore, we need to embrace the righteousness Jesus died to give us and remember that we are accepted at all times by God in spite of the weaknesses He has “blessed” us to have.
What is your view on weaknesses and how have you come to terms with your own? Please share by leaving a comment below.
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