STRENGTH FOR WEAK PEOPLE

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”             2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 

So often our understanding of weakness and strength come from what is observed in the world. It seems that the big and strong win and the little and weak lose. A scramble for success and power leaves no room for weakness. So, we shun and avoid it in every form. In avoiding weakness, we can grow restless, wilful, overly driven, stressed, impatient, isolated, unrelatable, harsh, selfish or unempathetic. A fun way to live, right? Yet God offers us an entirely different way. Paul shares from his own struggle that God’s way is not the world’s way. God chooses the foolish to shame the wise, taking what is nothing and making it grand. Just think of the disciples Jesus chose; a bunch of normal people, fishermen, farmers, and a tax-collector, were his selected team to spread the kingdom of God to the world. Ultimately, God uses the human weakness of His own Son, Jesus Christ, to show off His strength. At the Cross, Jesus willingly became worse than weak, a curse (Galatians 3:13), and in so doing displays God’s strength in the form of love, sacrifice, redemption and adoption. At the Cross, God reverses the curse of the Fall, including the world’s way of thinking. Strength, once associated with power, becomes strength bound to surrender and alignment with God’s ways. Weakness, associated with vulnerability and loss, becomes weakness associated with infinite gain. His presence with us changes everything. So don’t be afraid to be weak today. Take it as an opportunity to rejoice that God uses weakness and humility to revolutionize the world.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, even in my weakest moments You are my strength.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, Your presence with us changes everything. We choose not to be afraid to be weak today. We take this opportunity to rejoice that You use weakness and humility to revolutionize the world. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Mark 6:30-44

 

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