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I enjoy coffee, and I enjoy Jesus. Just put the two together and I am at complete peace. That is my current state right now — I am sitting at my kitchen table with my computer in front of me, my cinnamon roll flavored coffee to my left, and my Bible to my right.
I ran across this gem over Pinterest. Give God your weakness and He will give you His strength. In my blog post prior to this, I confessed that I have been living in a spiritual season of selfishness for a while. Difficult and shameful to express, I still did it. Why write it over a blog post? Well, because I express my words and thoughts more competently through writing. And, well, maybe someone is going through the same emotions as me and need that tiny ounce of hope and inspiration on their news feed. Both manners led me to typing away at this moment in time about my thoughts once again before I head into work for the night.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10. 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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s power is made perfect in weakness. You never really see God’s grace until you see the need for it — and even that realization comes from God’s grace. My weaknesses have been acknowledged, and I see that I am completely in need of the power of Him. How does one come to this realization?
2 Corinthians mentions that we should delight in our weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties. Because when we are weak, then we are strong (by God’s grace and power). I dug deeper into the meaning of this message by reading a bit of James MacDonald. He stated, “God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a pharmacist fills a prescription. God never says, Here, take two of these and call Me in the morning. He is the grace. He is the strength. His presence is the power. All we need comes through intimacy with Him.”
This led me to my answer of How does one come to the realization that we are in need of the power of Him? Through intimacy with Him. The closer our relationship is with The Lord, the more we are able to confess our weaknesses and our hardships and our daily struggles. And the more we are able to confess our weaknesses and our hardships and our daily struggles, the more we are able to experience His grace and His patience and His strength and His goodness. As I mentioned before, I have been in a season of selfishness for a long period of time now. I will delight in this weakness, for I know it is bringing me closer to Him.
So, give God your weakness and He will give you His strength. Take delight in these weaknesses, for they will make you a stronger person. Praise Him for the difficulties in your every day life. These difficulties and hardships are meant to take you deeper into your walk with Him. James MacDonald continued by saying, “If you want to live by God’s sufficient grace, you’re not going to catch it falling from the sky as you hurry to your next appointment. You must go to the fountain and drink deeply. He is the One who quenches your thirst.”