Bible Society of South Africa
Hennie Symington

A journey of the soul – Day 12

God’s vulnerability empowers us

Bible text(s)

8Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. 9But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. 10I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

God’s vulnerability resides in the power of his love. Jesus’ life on earth demonstrates God’s very nature. Through God’s revealed love, we get to know a God who is ready to sacrifice himself and suffer for us. Through Christ’s crucifixion, he experiences the ultimate vulnerability.

How does this influence the way we share ourselves with others, our neighbours, strangers, the needy and with God himself? Be warned! Self-protection is not Jesus’ way of leading. He said, “The first shall be last and the last, first.”

We are called, therefore, to allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the world. Being human, we are not comfortable with being vulnerable. It exposes us to humiliation, hurt and even rejection while we are conditioned to do everything in our power to avoid getting hurt. We guard ourselves in our private and public lives, and do not like to expose ourselves. We fear rejection and being judged. Yet, vulnerability brings us closer to our fellowman. It is when we are at our most vulnerable, that we are most like Jesus. When we are at our weakest, we are at our strongest. In essence, it means by showing weakness, you allow God to take care of protecting you.

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