I hope you each had a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! Our family celebrated with my in-laws and some close friends. And since we have family in town, Jake and I had a date night this week. Those with young kids know what a privilege that is!
During our evening out, we had the opportunity to attend a live recording for a very popular author and speaker on his upcoming book. This man has sold millions of books and has been a professional speaker for decades. During the promotional video for this book, he constantly had to stop the recording to pray for God’s strength. He is polished in his performance and yet he didn’t rely on his own competence. He kept offering God his own weakness in place of God’s strength.
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 it says:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Wow. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. I’m not sure about you but that can be a little mind blowing. Perfection in my weakness? Okay God, are you sure about this? How can that be true?
And then it continues by saying “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Do you feel strong in your weakness? I know I typically do not.
But during this recording session I realized I typically believe I can do most things and it is only after I fail that I turn to God. What would it look like for me to push into God from the beginning? I bet I would then be able to see how my weakness shows God’s perfection and strength. I would see that from my weakness, I lean into God and with His help I am strong.
Each of us has a tolerance threshold in different areas of our life. Maybe it’s how much of a pay cut we are willing to accept for a job that is more fulfilling to our hearts. Or, maybe it is how big the dent is in our car before we decide to get it fixed. Perhaps even how many creepy spiders we see outside our house before we call someone to get rid of them.
The same can be said for our spiritual life. There is a pain threshold that we tolerate to a certain point before we go to God with our problem. We wander through life not truly depending on God to take care of us. That is until we hit a certain tipping point. This is an unnecessary situation. The idea of God’s grace is help with even the little and mundane parts of life.
So as you go through this week, try to notice your strength in your weaknesses. Be content where you are and know that in Jesus you are not weak but strong.
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Praying for each of you this week.