We were noting Sunday evening in our homegroup that God takes the weakness of humans to defeat his strong enemies. This is a weakness to be sure that is yielded to God, or in which God accepts as praise to him.
One constant in my own life is the sense of feeling weak. This is a posture, however, in which I can begin to sense something of God's enabling, working and strengthening in my life. This comes through prayer, pondering or reading Scripture and seeking to live faithfully in the community of God in Jesus in this world.
Paul seemed to learn to live in perpetual weakness and in so doing knowing Christ's ongoing strength. This may be something we need to learn to not only live in, but embrace, even as Paul did. Of course in Paul's case he had a special reason for even needing to experience such weakness. But we need to accept the fact, that to lesser degrees, we may need that experience as well. And it's written there for us, so that when this sense of weakness comes, we will learn to make the most of it, in God's will for us in Jesus in this world.