“When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.” (2 Chronicles 12:1)
“But he 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
When humans feel strong and established, they are in a dangerous place. At the beginning of his reign, Rehoboam made a foolish decision. He acted harshly towards his people and caused the split in the Kingdom between Northern Israel and Southern Judah. Then Rehoboam with the help of his priests served the LORD and secured the Southern Kingdom for himself, residing in Jerusalem. But, as soon as his reign was secure, established and he was strong, Rehoboam abandoned the law of the Lord. In his earthly strength, he was foolish to assume he could rebel against God.
So often, we humans, feeling strong, abandon God and rely on ourselves
But Paul boasted in his weakness. He accepted the sovereignty of God in not taking away his thorn in the flesh and rejoiced, because in his weakness, the power of Christ rested upon him. Christ is more glorified, when we succeed in weakness rather than strength. And so we should be wary of earthly strength and be conscious of clinging to Christ even when we might feel strong. And though we should pray against illness, disease and disability, seeking healing from God, if God chooses to keep us weak, we should rejoice in the power of Christ that will clothe us in our human weakness. And when we succeed, we should turn all the praise back to Christ’s power, boasting of our own weaknesses, but God’s wisdom to use us in weakness.