Food for the Soul ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
But what would happen if we all relied on the strength of Christ rather than our physical strength to get our way or our strong personalities to bully others into our way of thinking? What if we looked at the difficulties and struggles that others were going through as a way to bless them and encourage them, not to put them down and make them feel worse about their circumstances. What if we admitted to ourselves and others that we can't get through this rough patch alone. The Lord allows these struggles in our lives to show us the folly in relying on ourselves. Whether we suffer from physical, emotional or spiritual problems, they are all there to point us to Christ and the only One who can truly comfort us, guide us, and give us strength. I am so bad about trying to do things on my own strength. Asking for help does not come naturally for most of us. How much better off we would be if we asked for strength and wisdom from One who is the Source of everything!
The Apostle Paul knew what it was to be weak...physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yet, he said in 2 Corinthians, "Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 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." This coming from a man who survived shipwrecks, imprisonment, a "thorn" in his side, and countless other difficulties that would make a grown man cry. He knew that the only power he needed came from the love of God, through Christ Jesus.
Friends, I know some of you may be struggling this week with things that are beyond your control, things that feel like they will overtake you. I pray that you will know the peace of Jesus, the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the power of your Heavenly Father are all accessible to you. I pray that His power will be made perfect in your weakness. God may not take away the thing that is causing you to feel weak...that "thorn in your side", but He will be right there with you guiding you if you will just ask Him. He longs to be your power source and your strength.