“I give unto men weakness…”

We all have our trials, our challenges, and our weaknesses. Weakness is an inevitable part of life, and many wonder why we have them. If God loves us so much, why does He allow us to suffer from tribulation? Why does he allow us to be tempted?

The prophet Moroni had weakness. Strong as he was at speaking, he had absolutely no confidence in his abilities to write impressively:

Ether 12

23And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou has made us mighty in word by faith, but thou has not made us mighty in writing; for thou has made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou has given them;

25 – Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our weakness, and stumble because of the placing of our words; and I fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words.

Moroni, at least in his eyes, could not write well. He stumbled over words and how to place them, and was afraid that in the future others would read his words and laugh at them. The Lord gave him this counsel:

26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

27And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Weakness plays a critical role in our lives. Having weakness brings us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Through our trials we gain an understanding of our need for Them, and as we turn to Them for comfort and strength, our relationship with Them grows deeper. Our faith increases. Our testimonies becomes mightier. Our love for our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ enlarges. And, as the Lord promises, our weaknesses evolve into strengths.

In fact, weakness is something we should embrace. A lesson we can learn from Paul:

2 Corinthians 12

9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul understood the necessity of weakness, and how it can bring us closer to Christ. He recognized the strength one can receive when they humble themselves and use Christ’s Atonement to lift them up.

I know that through Christ, our weaknesses can be made into strengths. I know that we are given our weakness because God loves us and He wants us to grow. For how can we expect to become stronger if we allow ourselves to be swept away by the currents of tribulation? We must fight against them and look steadfastly to Christ to aid us during our times of trial and weakness.

I add my testimony to Paul’s and testify that God has given unto us weakness to bring us closer to Him and to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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