What does this idea from 2nd Corinthians 12:9 mean?
Maybe it’s like when God promised Abraham and Sarah, a couple waaaay past the age of bearing children, that they would have a son through whom the entire world would be blessed. But then, as if to prove a point, he waits 25 years more to fulfill this promise so that they don’t have a son together until Abraham is 100 and Sarah is 90.
Or maybe it’s like when God sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to release his Hebrew slaves. Moses was an 80 year old shepherd as well as a fugitive from Egyptian justice, armed with nothing but a staff. Pharaoh, on the other hand, was the most powerful man in the world, in command of the most powerful army in the world. No matter. Big deal. The Hebrews were set free.
Or could it be that it is like when David, another shepherd, but this time a boy, faced a
9 ½ foot tall giant warrior with a coat of chain mail that weighed over 150 pounds and toting a spear whose head weighed over 18 pounds? Who’da thought an unknown, ruddy faced shepherd boy with a sling would be the one to take down such a champion? But to everyone’s surprise, he did.
Do you suppose it might even be like Gideon and his, well, can you even call it an army? He started with 32,000, a respectable number, but God whittled them down to 300. 300?! 300. But they had swords….. or not. Nope. No swords. Spears! Nope. No spears. They had only what God told them to use, which was torches, empty pitchers to put over the torches, and trumpets. With this “army”, Gideon defeated the innumerable Midianite army in one night, and did so without losing even a single man of his 300.
I wonder….. Could it possibly be like sending a little baby to a remarkably unnotable family, having him grow up to be crucified like a common criminal and then using his death to save the world? Yes, yes, it is exactly like that.
But it did not stop there and it will never stop. God then used 12 really regular “Joes” to spread his soul-saving gospel of his son’s death, burial and resurrection to all the world, in spite of persecutions, famines, shipwrecks, imprisonments, beheadings, stonings, and a whole laundry list of other seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
So be advised. Today, you may be exactly the weakness God is looking for to make his power known to perfection in this world.