“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
As I sit down to write, I hear a voice in my head telling me I cannot and should not be writing for you.
My thoughts are,
“You’re a Baby Christian.”
“What can you contribute?”
“What have you gotten yourself into, and there is no way God can use you to help others.”
I share this with you so you will see my weakness in this area. My faith allows me to believe God’s power will be made perfect, through me, in the words, you read today. My weakness and vulnerability is the opportunity for grace and God’s strength to shine based on Philippians 4:13.
Christ said, “My grace is sufficient for you,...” Yes Lord, and I am so grateful for this truth! Grace is difficult for humans to grasp and understand, and some would say impossible.
As I came to God, I had an epiphany about grace, which was the first time I truly thought of myself as God’s child according to Psalm 2:7.
I was shocked as I began to grasp how much, He loves me. I had periods in my childhood that I felt very loved, there were also times that I had no idea what love was because there were times loving acts had strings attached and feeling loved came with a price.
Squaring myself with the fact that I am God’s and I am loved, no matter my actions, was an amazing moment.God loved and accepted me long before I loved or accepted myself.
As this thought grew in my mind, I began to relate the grace from God as a great love, exponentially greater than the love I have for my two daughters.
For example, As I stood in my kitchen preparing dinner, my youngest threw herself on the floor in a tantrum over cheese crackers. Often times, that behavior immediately frustrates me, but all I could do that evening was chuckle at her.
She felt like she was starving and I had taken the last cheese cracker on Earth. Little did she know, I was putting PB&Honey on bread for her, and cheese crackers on her plate, while she was losing it on the floor. That moment had me wondering, how often does God chuckle at us? He must look down on us as we try to hold our world together, and simply chuckle at times.
I can hear His whisper, “Sweet girl, I know it feels like your world is ending, but I’ve got this. When you are weak, I am strong, I’ve got you in the palm of my hand. My plans for you are always for your good”, as described in Jeremiah 29:11.
He gives grace when we feel weak and defeated. God is our stronghold when we feel the world around us shifting. As I close, my prayer for each of you is that you will embrace and boast about your weaknesses so God’s strength and power may be seen through you.
Christ’s promise from 2 Corinthians 12:19, is when we embrace and share our weaknesses, His power will rest on us. I can think of no better safety net to land in other than God’s Power.
We are called be the exact person God created. His design is perfect, as you were created in His image,based on Isaiah 64:8 and 1 Corinthians 15:10.
He has a special purpose for you that no one else can fulfill. He is calling YOU, AS YOU ARE, and in your weakness, He will be strong! In your weakness, His strength and power shine for the world to see! Today, embrace your weaknesses with the knowledge that our God has your back!
He tells us in Joshua 1:9,”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
What weakness has been plaguing you? What weakness will you place at the Lord’s feet in full confidence that He will give you His strength and power in your time of need?
I promise, when you feel His power shine through you, you’ll forget all about the weakness.I can’t wait to hear from you all!