Sunday, June 7, 2020
“Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:9) The apostle Paul grew weak because of trouble and distresses; but when he was cast down, he did not despair. He rejoiced in the process of being made weak because it was the secret to his power with Christ, and out of that weakness he became strong.
Some may have an unfulfilling job, an illness, a divorce or a state of deep loneliness. Today we could add, being restricted in going here and there, or missing being with the people we love. These things are valid reasons to be discouraged, but the one thing that constantly hinders God’s work in our lives is simply self. When Jesus said we are to take up our crosses and follow Him, He was asking us to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23). Our pride says, “I can do this myself.” But Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Beloved, do not think of your trial as judgment from God and condemn yourself. What you are going through is evidence of His love for you, bringing you into ultimate victory and maturity. You are in Christ’s own school of discipleship.
Many of us over these last few weeks have cried to the Lord … “Father, I can’t go another step. My strength is gone. Help!” Rejoice that as you become weak and submit to Him, you will experience His overpowering strength. We are in a new week … with new strength … let us walk without the chains of yesterday and glorifying the wonders of our Lord … today and tomorrow.
You are loved, Pastor Don