The conduction of electricity presents an accurate analogy of how strength occurs spiritually. An electrician will tell you that the weakest metals become the best conductors of electricity. At a nuclear level, weak metals are the most unstable. Electricity is made “powerful” in their weakness. Iron is a strong metal; yet is a horrible conductor of an electrical current. Why? It is too strong and puts up tons of resistance to a current. Electricity is made weak by the strength of iron. However, weak metals such copper, silver, and gold magnify the power of electrical conduction. Electricity is maximized by weakness.
Likewise, in the spiritual realm, we are made strong in our weakness. Why is that? The weak do not resist the power of the Holy Spirit. Weakness becomes a wonderful conductor spiritually.
2 Corinthian 12:9&10 speaks very clear to this discussion, “But the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” The lesson is crystal clear. It is very difficult for a strong, talented, worldly person to be powerful in the spiritual realm because he/she is so confident in their own talent. They are driven by ego and not God. An individual driven and guided by the ways of this world produces too much resistance to be effective and useful spiritually…very powerful in the physical world but a weakling in the spiritual realm.
Formerly, Paul was an ultra-powerful personality with an elite education, a prestigious lawyer who was able to argue and debate at the highest levels, admired in the upper crust circles, and fully confident in his capabilities. He had a huge ego and recognized that he could if not watchful roll back to this personality. Paul “was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” Many scholars feel that he was given a physical ailment that kept him from being egotistical. Whatever it was, Paul relished it because it kept him humble. He recognized that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness.”
Paul stated this about himself in 2 Corinthians 11:30, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
Jesus, the Son of God, was abandoned by all yet willingly humbled Himself in weakness to the degradation of a death on a cross then arose the 3rd day the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord. I challenge all of us to humble ourselves “under the mighty hand of God.” In our weakness, we are made strong.