Saturday, December 10, 2011

12:10

inspiration: today's date.


yesterday, i wrote about 2 Corinthians 12:9.
but it's a new day, therefore, it's a new verse:
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.
Again, this verse is so counter-cultural, but so powerful.
There are a lot of weaknesses that I'm not content with. 
I don't like insults or hardships. or persecution or calamities, for that matter.
But for the sake of Christ, we are made strong in them.


It's often in the moments of weakness that God can exert His mighty hand of grace and build us up. When you're at rock bottom, the only place to go is up, right? I've definitely experienced that in my life (again, the season of my life when this blog started). When we are willing to be weak and vulnerable with God and with other Christ-followers, we are given the opportunity to become stronger than we were before.


Our relationship with Christ isn't about having all the right answers or being strong all the time, although, sometimes we think that's the case. But the point of being a Christ-FOLLOWER is to do just that; rely on Him to guide us and to lead and comfort us. After all, when we're strong, we don't need anything or anyone to hold on to, right? The healthy don't need a doctor, rather the sick (see Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:31, Mark 2:17).


Don't get me wrong, when bad things happen, we're not meant to instantly begin praising God for them. My pastor at Seacoast, Greg Surratt, puts it this way (not an exact quote, but the thought is the same): "We're not meant to praise God for a broken leg. That's not worship, that's twisted! We're meant to trust Him to use that season with that broken leg, knowing that it's going to make us stronger and that it will be used for a purpose."


Think about this, when you break a bone (which *knock on wood* hasn't happened to me yet), when it heals, it heals stronger. If you break that same bone, it won't be in the same place you broke it before. When we're in the midst of trials and moments of weakness, it strengthens us. God uses those moments to shape and mold us. Even when we encounter the same trials, we don't encounter them in the same way.


If you're in the midst of weaknesses and trials. Pray.
Pray for comfort, wisdom, and strength.
Draw close to the Creator and Author of life.
Depend on Him.
He will never fail you - He will only make you stronger.

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