Weakness and Loss of Control

Read: 2 Corinthians 13:5-10

For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. (v. 9)

I am amazed at the courage of so many people that I serve. Not too long ago I did an initial assessment with a woman who had just been diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer. Her healthy-looking exterior belied the disease that was ravaging inside, making me wonder if I had knocked on the right door. Her son was resisting the diagnosis, urging his mom to opt for chemotherapy and aggressive treatment. This woman used humor and faith to state her position: “First of all, Steve Jobs with all his money couldn’t beat this. What makes you think I’m going to? Second, I don’t have to be strong because God is strong enough for all of us. He’s in control, and I’m putting my trust in him.” Her faith inspired me.

Control is often the last thing we let go of as life slips away. As our bodies break down, we often seek to hold on with white knuckles to whatever we can. However, Paul reminds us that when we are weak, God is strong. And in reality, when we consider the miracle that is behind every breath we take and every movement we make, we deceive ourselves when we think we have any strength of our own to begin with. God has demonstrated the power of life over death. In our own dying process, that’s the power we need. —Joel Plantinga

As you pray, thank God for being strong in your weakness. Give your trust to him.

About the Author

joel plantinga

Rev. Joel Plantinga has now been in full-time pastoral ministry for more than 20 years. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Desert Winds Community Church (RCA) in Palmdale, California, and is married to Teresa with children Noah, Eden, and Rachel.