Friday, September 10, 2010

Strength in Weakness

Read II Corinthians 12

Though we, like the apostle Paul, have much to boast in Christ Jesus, we must also be aware of our infirmities and not be ashamed to share those with others as well. Many times throughout life I have often had the idea that if I did not admit that I had a problem and or weakness…then there was no problem/weakness. When feeling low I used to put on the Simon & Garfunkel classic I Am A Rock and cast my pain onto the altar of “callous-ME” and languish in my false bravado for a season. However when I learned to cast my weakness and cares upon the Lord…I found that I no longer needed my own resolve or my old coping mechanisms to get me by.

II Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible) sums it up so perfectly:

9 "But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!"

With Jesus Christ dwelling in and over us we no longer have to worry about our weaknesses and infirmities! We just cast our cares onto HIM and HE will be our comforter in our time of need!

Stay in the Word and meditate often!

Mark