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EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
2 Corinthians 12:7-10—So that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself. 8 Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. 9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (HCSB)
It seems ridiculous that Paul the Apostle would “take pleasure” (12:10) in having frequent problems and stresses, but what powerful truth do we learn from him when he says, “power is perfected in weakness” (12:9)?
BIG QUESTION ABOUT HUMAN NATURE (and our nature in particular): What’s going on inside of us as humans that makes us want to “exalt” ourselves–to make a dramatic show of either our power or our problems?
Dear Holy Spirit, admitting that I am “weak” makes me feel even weaker and less confident in myself or my intentions. But You know that confession is what brings us closer to You because it teaches us humility. I want to exalt YOU with my life and find ways to take pleasure in even the worst days or seasons. So, I ask You to give me grace that’s sufficient for this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.