Posted by: bshelley | April 1, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 1, 2008

Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. NASB

This is such a hard idea for us to internalize. I am sure it was an amazing journey for Paul as well. He was trained by one of the most respected teachers of Pharisees. He no doubt had wealth, political power and all manner of advantages in the world in which he had lived. Then he had an encounter that dramatically changed his life. He learned to trade strength for weakness. He traded political power for the opportunity to speak truth and be stoned and jailed for it. He traded any financial gain for treasure in an eternity promised by a risen Christ whom he had formerly persecuted. What does it take to move us from our comfortable lives full of blessing and plenty? Even the poorest among us rank amongst the richest in the world. How can we truly come to comprehend what Paul is putting forward here? Anyone who has ever suffered a financial “reversal”, loss of a loved one or the bone chill of loneliness might have a better grip on weakness. When we are faced with circumstances beyond our control and a twist to life that has us in a downward tail spin seemingly hopeless…at the end of that, for Paul , was Christ Jesus. It is as if we need to be emptied out and at the end of all hope and rope to realize what He promises is true. Blessed are those who can comprehend that and take it deep into their heart without a “purification” process. For most of us, we don’t truly appreciate these words until we have felt weak, distressed from persecution or calamity. Can we look God fully in the face and say “your grace is sufficient” for me today? Ponder for a moment what it will take to help you to not just voice the words, but to act this out in your life. Can you choose today to fall into His arms and allow Him to control your life? What will it take to empty yourself and let Christ’s power dwell in you, flow through you and make it possible for Him to use you as He will right where you are? Maybe some, like the father who cried out to Jesus for his son’s sake, “I do believe, help my unbelief.”(Mark 9:24) If we are really honest before God, I suspect there are many more of us than we would suspect that need to cry out the same words to Him. For if we truly believed and knew we could not fail wouldn’t we be living this day with a different set of priorities? Let’s boast in our weakness and in His strength. Let’s choose today to serve our Lord in weakness and strength.

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