20 Dec Take Pleasure in Your Weaknesses – 12/20/20
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“
God put a thorn in Paul’s flesh; a messenger from Satan to torment him and keep him from becoming boastful in his cool revelations from God. Three times Paul begged God to take it away, but He had purpose right there in the pain. We don’t need to be perfect, or have the best circumstances, or be strong in our own strength to be used by God. Think about what happened with Israel in the time of the judges. God told Gideon to lead the Israelites in battle against the Midianites, however his clan was the weakest in the whole region! On top of that, He reduced Gideon’s army from 32,000 men to 300 men. Why? God said that he had too many warriors and they would boast to Him that they saved Israel by their own strength. He made them weak so they could see clearly that God was the one fighting their battles. So, trust in the Lord by taking pleasure in your weaknesses, shortcomings, mess–ups and imperfections. Rejoice because God knows what is going on. He is the one in control and He is working out everything for your good.
Thank you God for the grace you have freely given us. You alone are my strength. I know that because you’re a man of your Word; faithful in everything you say. Please help us to realize this truth throughout the highs and lows of life. Throughout our successes and failures, peace and stress, clarity and confusion, joy and sadness and all else. Even when life takes a hard left turn, you have not forsaken me. It brings me so much comfort to know that no matter what happens to us, you are working out all things for the good of your people and for your glory. May we be constantly reminded of the end of the story: all your people in a wonderful inheritance living in the fullness of God forever. The works of your hands in creation alone testify to what you’re able to do. In the time being, I will be joyful, even when there is a thorn in my flesh, because I know that you are doing something good. Help us to always trust in you over ourselves.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.