By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 09/13/20
Living for Christ Through God’s Strength
09/10/20 – 09/15/20
Sometimes our vision fails us. We look at the muck and mire of our own lives, the shambles that lie at our feet, and wonder aloud how God could do anything with us. We are a mess, and we know God knows it. Yet, over and over in His Word, He promises to use us for His glory.
At times, it is difficult for us to see beyond ourselves. We see what we are, whereas God sees what we can become. However, all our striving, determination, and energy will not complete the transformation process. It is through God’s grace alone that we become what He has envisioned for us to be all along.
Paul had many trials and tribulations while delivering the Gospel message to his world. He even had a constant nagging affliction of some sort. While many scholars have speculated as to the source of this affliction, Paul never says what it is. He does not want us to miss what is most important about our moments of weakness.
Paul writes, “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 12:10).
From the thorns in our lives, God brings forth roses. When we are hanging by a thread at the end of our rope, God gives us the grace to hang on—He gives us the grace to scurry to the top of the rope. He does not want us to just make it; rather, His desire is to see us succeed by finding our strength in Him.
It certainly takes time and maturity to—like Paul—praise and thank God for our weaknesses. Yet, when we are willing to humble ourselves before God, He will exalt us (see James 4:10). In the midst of the trials you may be facing today, cry out to the Lord. And though it may be difficult, thank Him for what He will accomplish through your weaknesses. You may be surprised by the result!
Prayer: Lord, as I face difficulty in my life, give me the strength to continue by Your grace. I know You will accomplish Your will for my life even through my weaknesses as I trust in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“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 12:10).