“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
Because this past Saturday was Epilepsy Awareness Day and this has been my favorite verse since I was diagnosed with epilepsy I thought it was fitting that this be the verse of the week this week. No matter what our current storm is, we know that God’s grace is enough.
It is in our weakness that God shows His power through us. We need to be willing to admit that we can’t fix it or control it so that He will work in our lives.
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
The only way we get to this point is by admitting our inability to control things. The same Paul that wrote to Corinth about the thorn in his side was telling the Philippians that he could do anything through Jesus Christ. Just as Paul could do anything God honoring, even “delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties,” we can.
Often, and throughout Scripture and the history of Christianity, following Jesus directly results in having more weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties. Isn’t Jesus supposed to be like a “cure-all” for diseases, finances, and every other trouble you may have? To that, I say seriously please go read your Bible and shut off the pastors on TV until you have read your Bible enough for yourself to be able to stop and say —“Whatchu talkin’ bout?” when you need to. I beg of you.
Following Jesus while on this earth isn’t pretty; He never said it would be. But it is rewarding. Having God’s grace is better than the lack of any of those things.