In our daily plan we read today of Paul taking the part of a fool by boasting about his qualifications “as a madman”. In 2 Corinthians 11:30 he shares a revelation…
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”ESV
This hits home to me today. Our family has been through a lot in recent years. It has left me feeling depleted and if I’m honest, discouraged. I see my weakness clearly. I am tempted to look back and wish things were as they were before life took this turn.
He faithfully reminds me where to place my focus (my word for 2023). My Father is saying He is highlighting my weaknesses in order for the power of God to be evident in any good fruit that may be produced through me.
This thought today came through reading my portion of scripture. It’s like I’m seeing my life from a different angle where God is at work.
He is our faithful God. His Word is alive and speaks to us in our weakness.
I kept reading into chapter 12 because Paul wasn’t finished making his point. in verse 9-10 he shares these well known verses…
“But he (Jesus) 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.”ESV
So today instead of being discouraged by the events in life, I will purpose to rejoice, in order that the testimony God is writing through hardships will result in praise and glory to our perfect God.
I hear him ask me often, “Can you trust me here?” Yes, I will because your strength in me, O Lord, makes it possible.