J.I. Packer On the Importance of Weakness

Today, strength is applauded while weakness is seen as a defect. For the Christian, this should be the other way around.

Having collided with a bread truck as a child and receiving brain surgery that left him with an indented skull, the late J.I. Packer (Knowing God) is well acquainted with weakness and frailty. In this conversation he tells how this shaped his life and led him to depend on Christ for strength. Throughout, he debunks the myth of self-sufficiency, laying out a path for us to follow from discouragement to freedom in light of our all-sufficient God.

J.I. Packer went home to be with the Lord in 2020. This conversation was originally recorded for the Haven Today radio broadcast in 2013. The message of Christ’s power being made perfect in our weakness is just as true today as it was then.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

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  • Steven Lavender says:

    Being in a season of questioning and doubt, by listening to the J.I.Packer interview with Charles Morris, I was pleasantly surprised by a portion of the interview being about 2 Corinthians–the book in the Bible I am in currently reading. Their discussion was quite informative! God bless you.

    • Corum Hughes says:

      What a profound coincidence! I pray your time in 2 Corinthians feeds your faith as you continue to navigate this season of questioning and doubt.

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