In reading in the Bible in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 about something that tormented Paul, we see that although God did not remove Paul’s physical affliction, He promised to demonstrate His power in Paul. The fact that God’s power shows up in weak people should give us courage. When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that leads to pride.
We must rely on God for our effectiveness rather than our own energy, effort, or talent. Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character, it also deepens our worship; in admitting our weakness, we affirm God’s strength. When we are weak, and when we allow God to fill us with his power, then we are stronger that we could ever be on our own. We must depend on God-only His power makes us effective for Him and does work that has lasting value. We must daily be mindful that God is our source for every need.
Give us this day
our daily bread.
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, May 14. Tyndale House Publishers (2003).