A Short Study of 2nd Corinthians 12:20

What does Paul mean, “When I am weak, then am I strong”? (2 Corinthians 12:20).

I am weak before THE MAJESTY OF GOD. This is what Isaiah felt when he saw the Lord and cried, “Woe is Me” (Isaiah 6:5).

I am weak before THE PERFECT LAW OF GOD. When I see God’s holiness, I see that even my righteousnesses are filthy rags.

I am weak before TRIALS. Like Paul, I cry for the thorn to be removed; but he replies, “My grace is sufficient for thee and my strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 2:19).

I am weak before RESPONSIBILITY. Knowing the burden of the word and the power of the gospel, I cry, “Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:16).

I am weak in SPIRITUAL WATCHFULNESS. Like the sleeping disciples, “My spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

I’ll probably be weak IN DEATH. It will come in due time, and I must depend on dying grace.

All of this causes me, like the rabbit in Proverbs 30:26, to run to the ROCK, my hiding-place where I am strong.

By Henry Mahan

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