FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT)
MIGHTY GOD: POWER IN OUR WEAKNESS
There are three kinds of Christians: (1) Row-boat Christians-struggling in their own power; stop to rest for a while, only to find that the current has taken them back where they started. (2) Sail-boat Christians-let the wind do all the work; enjoy the high moments, But what happens when the doldrums come? (3) Steam powered Christians-take the water of the Word and combine it with the fire of the Holy Spirit and there is constant power no matter what the conditions! (Source Unknown)
The Apostle Paul was a major contributor to the New Testament. Yet, the Apostle Paul knew what it was like to feel physically weak and to feel spiritually weak. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul shared that God’s power is best displayed through our weakness. This brought Paul to a place of boasting in His weaknesses because they were opportunities for himself and others to see Jesus at work.
Based on the opening analogy, which type of Christian “boat” are you? What are some of the areas where you feel weak? How might those areas be opportunities for God to be glorified?
Praise God for being at work in your life even when you don’t feel it. Thank God for using even your weaknesses to display His power.