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I’ve lately plunged (forcefully? on my own accord? I’m not sure…) into a situation in which I have been greatly reminded of my own weakness.
And I’m thankful for that reoccurring revelation.
God’s timing consistently both surprises me and blesses me. As I struggle with a trying situation, I read a recent post on Mary DeMuth’s blog. She wrote about five things we need to know about the Bible. One of the included points stated: “Our confidence must not be in our ability, but in God’s.”
I need to read that line every day. Probably every hour.
Her insightful post sparked more relevant thoughts on my own current strain. Once again, the verses I read and thoughts shared from others point me towards looking not to my own strength (which is nothing), but to His.
When I was a younger believer, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 confused me greatly:
“‘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.”
Spiritual maturity has not brought complete understanding of that verse yet, by any means. But, it’s only as I continue to see how weak I truly am (and we can only see that in brokenness, can’t we?) and how great He is (of which signs are evident everywhere) that I’m leaning more and more on Christ. In many ways, that truth really does make our burdens lighter.
Maybe, similar to Paul, I have been given a thorn in my side to keep me obedient and reliant on Him. To humbly serve, obedience and trust must precede and then continue to accompany my walk.
God provides strength. Not me. I cannot change. Any changes I try to make with my own power are fickle just as the world is fickle. How is that for a picture of weakness? God, though, changes me. God produces love. I can always rely on Him to do so.
This concluding verse might just be a reminder for me tonight (this week… this year… this life). But, maybe it can help guide you, too.
“If I speak in the tonguesof men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1
Questions for you: When have you most experienced God’s strength and love? Has brokenness opened the way for you to love and rely on Him more?