His Strength during weakness

There will be times in our life when we feel weak.  There will be times when we question whether we have the strength and ability to go on; when the load that weighs upon us feels like it could crush us and when each breath seems to hurt.

It says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV)

In the Message translation it reads,“My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.  Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

If we didn’t have those times where we felt weak and where circumstances felt hopeless, would we really be able to see the power of God in our lives?

In my life and experiences, God has truly used those fragile moments to show me how good and faithful He is.  I have witnessed His hand in my life when I relinquish the control and turn it over to God.  It is easy to focus on the problem and to focus on the circumstances.  They seem so big and so impassable.  Where is it that God wants us to be looking?

1 Chronicles 16:11, “Look to the Lord and his strength seek his face always.” (NIV)

1 Chronicles 16:11, “Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night” (Message)

Look to God.  Study God.  Pick up the Bible read through it.  Find His encouragement.  Feel His strength.  Hold to His Promises.

I looked up the word Study in Webster’s 1828 dictionary to find the meaning.  This is the entry I read, ” a setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind of books, to arts or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of learning what is not before known.”

Set our minds.  Focus upon.  Learn what we have not known before.  That is what it means to study.

As soon as I read this entry this Bible verse came to my mind, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

God wants us to study Him.  He wants us to study His strength.  He desires that we set, that we fix, our minds upon Him.  Circumstances will change.  God will forever remain constant.

Dear Lord,

Thank You so much for being our strength.  Thank You for Your unchanging goodness, for Your steadfast mercy and for Your constant love.  Please help us to focus our eyes, to set our minds upon You. 

Even in the most dire of circumstances – when the finances seem sparse, when time is fleeting but deadlines are pressing, when the relationship seems beyond repair, when our energy is being drained, when our health is deteriorating and when we feel the hope dwindling – may we turn our eyes to You. 

Reveal Yourself to us as we study You.  Show us the ways in which Your strength fills all of the holes of our weakness and overflows as abundance in our lives.  Fulfill Your promises.  In Jesus name, Amen 

 

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