What’s your handicap? In others words, what are your areas of weakness? One method used to highlight weak areas in a business or individuals is to use a S.W.O.T. This tool or technique is used to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. In most cases people love to embellish about their strengths however, let’s focus on the one area of this analysis matrix we like to avoid or not admit; our weaknesses. In the carnal eye weaknesses are viewed as bad thing whereas in spiritual reality God uses our weaknesses to shame the strong (1 Cor 1:27) and to humble pride-filled people (2 Cor 12:10). Paul said, “Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become (2 Cor 12:7-10).” Our weaknesses are actual great reminders. They remind us that our life depends on God, we deserve wrath but we receive grace, and when we are weak we are strong! At the end of the day, God uses our weaknesses or handicaps to refine our trust and dependence on Him!