Daily Delight

Saturday, April 9, 2016

For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:10 

Niccolò Machiavelli was an illustrious 16th-century Italian philosopher, humanist, and writer. He was wise in the face of moral corruption. One of his more famous lines, “It is much safer to be feared than loved,” is a paradox of integral power that is all too often demonstrated in today’s societies. In regards to Machiavelli, we tend to believe that attaining power requires force, deception, fear mongering, and intimidation. Power, in its ugliest form, has the ability to deceive ourselves and berate others.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about his experiences of great suffering and opposition. A humble servant of Christ, his words of love and encouragement were written to a church weak in morals and faith. They were a people in need of courage and guidance. And Paul, fraught with suffering, needed the power of grace. Mauled by physical affliction, he prayed for healing. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me,” (2 Corinthians 12:9). But a spiritual paradox reveals to us that the weakest of us are the strongest, so long as we allow the power of a Mighty God to satisfy and nurture us:

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’… That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

The ultimate paradox of power. Quite a contrast to the power we praise that has exposed even the most feeble and hateful of sentiments. 

Because power, in its most gracious form, is courageous. Divine power is intended to strengthen and heal. 

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About the Author

Brandi Olmos≫ ≫ Brandi, 23, is a nomadic military wife and mama to two little boys, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. She can normally be found in the middle of a good book, behind the lens of her camera, or in front of a large bowl of spaghetti. With a degree in history, she awakened her love of writing through researching the past. Above all, she believes in passionate pursuits, vulnerable faith, agape love, and the power of grace and forgiveness through her Heavenly Father. You can follow her thoughts and adventures atbrandiolmos.com.


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