No one likes to appear weak or be seen as exposed. I have a strong, independent personality so it was initially hard for me to recognize the true blessing of vulnerability.
“Did she just say being weak is a blessing?”
Yes I did, and here’s why: in our vulnerable state our motives are revealed, we develop the ability to relate, and we reclaim God’s promises.
Motives are revealed because when we as believers are going through difficulties or are brought to our lowest point, we tend to express our true feeling about the situation.
While many may praise GOD through every circumstance like we are instructed, many more of us will cry, curse and complain.
Why are we really upset? Is it because we are delayed from fulfilling GOD’s purpose or is it for a more self-centered reason? The Apostle Paul is a good example to refer to when it comes to this (read 2 Corinthians 12:7). He experienced many trials and had a constant “thorn” that he referred to and requested GOD to remove it many times, but the thorn remained.
Paul could’ve complained, lost focus, and chose to abandon GOD’s will, but because his motives were fixed on GOD and not self, Paul pressed on, trusting that GOD’s grace was enough.
This is the blessing of vulnerability; knowing that in our weakest moments, when we want to put the “I” in emotion, we can shift our focus to discovering the promises of GOD and know that no matter the circumstance for those that love HIM, he will work all things out for good (read Romans 8:28-29).
Like Paul, GOD’s grace is sufficient in our difficulties and we should allow our strength to come from GOD and not self.