Set Apart to Serve God
08/06/21 – 08/22/21
In Our Weakness
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 08/10/21
Have you faced an exceedingly tough circumstance that tested every bit of your strength, intelligence, and character? Maybe you are facing a troubling time right now and your whole life is at a turning point.
That is exactly what the prophet Daniel experienced when he was sent as a captive into King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. Daniel did not have the benefit of years of experience, maturity, or education to help him handle the situation. As a young teenager, Daniel had to maintain his faith in a pagan culture and survive the king’s rigorous training program intended to mold him into a Babylonian leader.
Not many of us would be able to survive what Daniel did—at any age—but that is exactly what God wants us to realize. We cannot do big things on our own—it is just not possible. But though we are small, God is almighty. Though we are weak, our God is strong. Though we are limited, God is limitless. God promised Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is the same for us. Thus, we can echo Paul when he said, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (v. 9). We never need to worry about our future because God is on our side.
Prayer: God, sometimes life seems too big for me. Help me to rely on You, especially in those moments, knowing that Your power is made perfect in my weakness. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'” (2 Corinthians 12:9).