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The Power in Weakness

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By James MacDonald

The Weekly Walk

“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.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I was not a great youth pastor. One of the reasons why I was so lame was because I hate theme parks. Even more than theme parks, I hate roller coasters. I could take you to places all around North America where kids talked me into riding on crazy, convoluted, death-defying, twisting roller coasters. I’ve left more vomit on more rides and riders than I can count. Just how ashamed do you think I felt looking at those kids’ faces? I could tell you a lot of stories. Needless to say, I’ll never ride a roller coaster ever again!

But I have a confession to make: even though I don’t ride roller coasters anymore, sometimes I make the foolish choice to get on an emotional roller coaster. It used to be that on any given day I was doing good and then something bad happened and I went into the tank. Then there was good news—but wait then there was bad news—no wait, we’re okay again. That’s an awful way to live. I’ve come to the place now where I acknowledge that life’s challenges need not steal my joy.

I’m not trying to hammer someone who has lost their joy today. But I’m telling you, “It doesn’t have to be that way. You can get off the roller coaster.” I can, too. God gives us new mercies each morning to ride the difficulties of each day. He understands how we’re each wired. But hear this: the grace of Jesus is not fully seen in our lives until weakness is fully experienced. You never really get the grace unless you see the need for it. And even that’s a grace.

II Corinthians 12:9-10, “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.”

When you humble yourself under God’s hand and say, I’m weak, Lord. You are strong. Show Yourself sufficient in me right now. When that’s your attitude, there’s a power coming into your life that you haven’t experienced before. There’s something about our weakness that opens the flow of God’s strength. Ask Him for it.

Taken from Weekly Walk, copyright 2009 by James MacDonald. Used by permission of Walk in the Word, Elgin, IL 60123, www.WalkintheWord.com. All rights reserved.