A Comforted Life in Difficult Times| Our Weakness, God’s StrengthAugust 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
Hard times can lead to comforting realizations…
We are weak. As individuals, we can do nothing. And that is fine. In fact, it is the release of one of the biggest burdens we try to carry.
Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that one of most comforting concepts you’ve heard?
You do not have to be a superhero.
You do not have to be strong alone.
You do not have to rely on yourself, weaknesses and all, to navigate this often confusing life.
And because we are weak, we are also among the strongest beings who exist. Yes, because God exists in you, and it is He Who makes you strong.
Not you, not anyone else, but Him.
It is as though life is a blinking contest, and we are straining our eyes–and losing–against our monsters. Let Him take over the blinking contest and deal with those monsters.
Go on, enjoy God’s precious gift of life while He fights the battles not meant for us to fight.
I cannot say you will be immediately or completely free of your thorns. A lot of the times we won’t be since we often fall into the trap of trying to take the illusion of control.
But you will have the chance to really live. Those thorns do not have to entangle you. Every time you remember to lift your problems and your weaknesses to God, He will take true control of the chaos.
Just because God does not guide you down the path you imagined does not mean there is not a wealth of opportunity to live a less burdened life.
This freedom from being strong in yourself immerses you with hope and love and passion. So much that, right after thanking God, you thirst to learn what to do with it all.
What first? What goal? What purpose?
We started out as ignorant victims, believing the whispers of monsters that we should try to fight alone.
We became solitary rebels–weak and incapable–but struggling against the inevitable truth that alone we are not equipped.
And now, by letting the Saviour into our lives, we can focus our energies on our purposes. And, in stepping up to the roles to which the Spirit calls us, we are to inherit the peace and love–strength–of our powerful and loving God.
You do not have to resign your life to vainly fighting your thorns. Christ has already done that for you.
You, who are special, for God created you in His image.
You, who are worth it, for Christ died because your life matters.
You, who are strong, not from yourself, but because God is strong.
I am going to work on giving Christ my thorns so I can live in the freedom, strength, and comfort of God’s love. Care to join me?
“And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV