Hello dear friends,
The second passage I have chosen to memorize this month can be found in 2nd Corinthians…
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.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
To be honest, I am still learning the truth of these verses. I understand, on an intellectual level, that weakness is not a problem in God’s eyes. That His power shines brightest through my frailty. But at the same time, I feel the need to cry out, like the father in Mark 9:24, “Help me with my unbelief”.
Paul seems so much more convinced than I am. It is one thing to accept the truth that God works powerfully through weakness, but another to be able to say with confidence, “I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships…” I want that kind of faith. A faith that does not waver when difficulties come. Faith that transforms me so completely that I don’t even recognize the person I once was.
Like Paul, I want to be able to boast in my weakness, so that Christ will be glorified. I’m not there yet. I still struggle with insecurities. I worry what people will think if they find out just how weak I am, and how hurt I have been. I often fall back into fear, and build walls of protection around my heart – to keep myself from getting hurt again.
Please join me in praying that the truth of these verses would become so real to us that it transforms our lives completely…
Dear heavenly Father, please help us conquer our unbelief. Help us to boldly share our weaknesses with a hurting world that is desperate for hope. Help us to trust in you to be our strength. I pray that you would help us to embrace our brokenness. May we be blessed with the confidence of your servant Paul, who understood his weakness for the gift it was. Thank you for loving us so completely, no matter where, in our journey, we may be.
In the precious name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
I will add the above Scripture passage to the Versed in Truth page, so that these wonderful promises can be found altogether in one place.
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