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PERSEVERANCE

ROBYN BASTIAN

2 Corinthians 12:9

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I like to think that I am a lot stronger than I really am. I don’t like others seeing my weaknesses, especially before I do. If I know where I am weak, I can avoid those areas or work on them in private. However, there is a deep-rooted fear in me that does not want to be insignificant or weak, so I try my best to be good at everything and to constantly improve in areas where I’m not.

Maybe you’re like me and you don’t like the fact that you have weaknesses. Or maybe you also try hard to fix, hide, or avoid areas where you are weak. If so, you are not alone. However, I want you to know that something better is offered to us than the restless pursuit of an unattainable perfection. There is freedom from our endless striving. There is the recognition of our acceptance. We don’t have to get it all together in order to be considered enough.

Paul reveals, in his letters to the Church in Corinth, that our weaknesses are not just acceptable, but they are welcomed! In fact, when we embrace our weaknesses, God shows up and moves in mighty ways. When we let Him know how much we need Him, His power comes through. God does not overstep when we are trying to go through this life on our own. However, when we invite Him in, He loves to show us His power in amazing ways. When we admit our weak spots and our need for Him, He works on our behalf. Let Him amaze you in the midst of your weakness by relying on Him in every area of your life.

QUESTION 1. What are some areas of weakness in your life?
QUESTION 2. How have you been dealing with those weak areas? Do you try to fix, hide, or avoid them?
CHALLENGE: Admit your areas of weakness to someone you trust today. Then ask God to make his power known in each of those areas.