Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9 English Standard Version (ESV) 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Is this weakness physical, emotional, or spiritual? The Lord declares My Grace, My Power. That is our Lord and His grace and power are perfect so why does He say they are “made perfect in weakness”?

The Lord is with us always as promised. If our weakness is physical or emotional or spiritual then He would be here for any and all of the ills of the body, mind and soul. What if weakness is something else altogether?

Grace and power are exercised through the Spirit in us. Perhaps we block them because we are doing “things” in our own strength?

1 Corinthians 15:43 English Standard Version (ESV) It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.

When I admit “I cannot” God says “No problem, now I can.” God does not seem to interfere with our desire to be in charge. He needs part of that from us to fulfill our responsibilities. Then there are those times when we just get in His way. We act like Beta blockers to grace and power. We want to be seen rather than to let Christ shine forth.

We spend much of our lives building this persona, our identity, and character that can be difficult to let go of that. Our Lord wants to do to be seen in us. We fool ourselves into thinking we can be good enough. In our own strength we fail. That is why we needed a Lord and Savior in the first place.

When things get difficult sometimes it is easier to slip back into old habits than it is to “be weak”.

Ask Him

Psalm 27:4 English Standard Version (ESV) One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

The first part is asking something of the Lord. We have a desire that we want met. The second part is an inquiry, to obtain information. Why did David implicate the issue of a temple since David did not build a temple for the Lord? Was this a prophetic utterance? We can study the Psalms and discover many prophetic utterances. Is this one more?

Reading in 2 Samuel 6 it is plain to see that the Lord did not ask to be housed in cedar. It was David’s wish to place the Ark of the Covenant in a permanent place. During that study I inquired of the Lord.

Why did David fear you?

Why did David overcome that fear?

Why wasn’t David allowed to build a temple?

Why was the Lord’s promise placed on an unborn son?

What does this temple have to do with me, now?

Those were my questions and the Lord answered me. I am not asking you to answer them nor am I going to share His answers. It was a private conversation about my curiosity. It is not fair for me to impose that upon others. This leads me to the focus of this devotional?

Do you seek answers from the Lord or men? Men are easier to hear but we all have a relationship with our Lord and the answers to a pondering heart lies within our hearts. Ask Him.

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