Thank Me for your weakness. Even better, boast gladly about your weaknesses. Boasting can be either good or bad, depending on the object of the boast. People who brag about their wisdom, strength, or riches are offensive to Me. David was on the right track when he wrote about his soul boasting in the Lord. I want you to express pride in Me, just as the child of a good father likes to brag about his big, strong dad.
People who are well aware of their weaknesses are less tempted to boast about themselves. However, they are more vulnerable to other temptations: indulging in self-pity and complaints. So it is essential for weak ones to take pride in Me—rejoicing in who I AM.
Children tend to feel good about themselves when they are bragging about their fathers. Similarly, you can feel glad when you boast about Me: proudly proclaiming My praises! Awareness of your weaknesses has deepened your dependence on Me and helped you know Me more fully. So, you can be joyful about these afflictions that have blessed your relationship with Me. As you rejoice in your weaknesses, you open yourself to My Power. Let this sacred Power rest upon you, displaying My delight in you.
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
[2 Corinthians 12:9]
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me.”