2 Corinthians 12:9 – My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength is made perfect in weakness.
Did you know that the apostle Paul was self-conscious about his preaching skills? He was aware that his preaching wasn’t as good as Apollo’s. People who had read Paul’s letters (the ones in the new-testament), had really high expectations for his preaching but then ended up being disappointed.
First of all, it’s encouraging to know that Paul had an area of weakness/insecurity. He was the man that God chose to write a couple of books within the Bible – pretty big deal. What is the area of your life that you’re not-so-confident in? Has someone ever discouraged you about something that you did? Pointed out a flaw? Which only made your insecurity grow more?
Well, imagine if Paul was an amazing preacher. Imagine if he was so good that everyone just wanted to hear him preach all the time. And imagine if he knew he was so good, so all he ever did was preach.
Imagine if he never wrote because he didn’t realise how good a writer he was because he was so busy preaching. Or, if he was so focused on his preaching that he never took the time to write.
God knew exactly what Paul needed to be doing and where he needed to be for His greater purpose. God placed those weaknesses in Paul’s life for a reason. God’s strength was made perfect in Paul’s weakness. And I’m sure that Paul didn’t fully realise that in his time on earth.
Be encouraged that God’s strength is made perfect in your weaknesses and insecurities too. God knows what He’s doing – He’s got a plan. Don’t think that you’re a mistake. Trust Him.