The Strength of Weakness 3/19/20

Some of us may have that image of success that says the individual is to be strong, independent, and self-sufficient. We are constantly presented with that picture of the individual who is empowered and in control of his life. The fact of the matter is, that image is only an illusion. During times such as we are experiencing now, we see how little control we have over anything, even of our own lives.

I can’t control the stock market. I can’t control shoppers who hoard out of fear or those who hoard out of greed and selfishness. I can’t control restaurants and movie theaters being open or closed. When times are good, it is easy to become complacent and think that it is all because we are in control of things. Why do we need God? I’m healthy, have a job, purchasing whatever I want, going wherever I want; I’m in control. I’ll put God on a shelf and take Him down when I need Him.

It is obvious we are not in control. We need God, not just in the bad times, but in the good times as well. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

Paul had a “thorn in the flesh.” He prayed that God would remove it. But God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Why is that? Because when we recognize our weakness, we rely on God’s strength. Paul goes on to say that he is content with weaknesses, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We take comfort in knowing that God is all-powerful. We take comfort in knowing that God is in control, of my life, of all the world. We take comfort in knowing that when we are overwhelmed, when we feel weak and defeated, we know that we rely on Christ’s strength. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength.” Amen.

Pastor Mike

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