Power in the Pitfalls

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“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.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

“Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.  I just let Christ take over!  And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” – (The Message)

In this passage, Paul recognizes that “When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride.  When we are weak, allowing God to fill us with His power, then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own.  God does not intend for us to seek to be weak, passive, or ineffective – life provides enough hindrances and setbacks without us creating them.  When those obstacles come, we must depend on God.  Only His power will make us effective for Him and will help us to do work that has lasting value.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)

Personally, I do not yet delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, nor in difficulties.  As for persecution, I cannot even pretend to imagine what it must be like for those who put their lives on the line to worship and spend time in His word in places where being caught for such things, lead to imprisonment or death.  In the midst of struggles, I do not delight in discomfort.  However, I am in a place where I am more rapidly reacting to wreckage by reaching for and relying upon my Redeemer.  His strength does supply all that I need to stand firm in Him in the midst of struggles.  The delight for me does not come until I have reached the other side of the struggle, and can look back and recognize how His hand has carried me through the mess.  I am so thankful that He is not finished with me yet!  Each trial or time of testing is an opportunity to set aside self, and seek total dependence on Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You alone are our unfailing source of strength in life’s struggles.  Please forgive us for trying to muscle our way through the messes, and teach our hearts to turn to trust You in all things and at all times.  May we be quick to recognize how You are refining us as we learn to rely on You.  Teach us to stand in Your strength and to delight in the opportunity that is being presented for Your power to be made known.  May Your strength be made known in our weaknesses so that many may come to know You as the Messiah.  May Your strength be shown and Your heart made known, even in the midst of our messes.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

13 Comments

  1. Like you, I do not relish the hard times, weakness, or the moments where I am asked to do the right thing in spite of a very wrong person. Nothing, however, is more difficult then remembering that even when you have lost the will to walk, to stand, to fathom another day of existence, that God is STILL there, in control. In our terrible weakness, He is strong and mighty to save. 2 Corinthians 12:9.

    Thank you, Shannon!

    ~ Cara

  2. ”I don’t ask god to relieve me of all my problems…I would rather ask him to give me the strength to face all the problems!”…Read it somewhere…kinda stuck with me!!!

      • And struggles r good u know….Just imagine how boring our life would be without any struggle!I would like to add another quote,“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”(Vivekananda)!

  3. I love what 1 Peter says about our trials in vs. 6b and 7: now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
    Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  4. “Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” – (The Message)
    “With good cheer” is the evidence of the joy that only God can give us. This is good Shannon. Somehow I am reminded of floating on water – an experience I have NEVER mastered. But somehow, the more I surrender to the power of the water to take me as I float, i.e. surrender, the more possibilities I have to experience the ride on the water while I just “relax.” Oh that reminds me of this, “Relax, God is in Charge.” These reminders are why I keep up with your work. Thanks 🙂
    Darrin

    • Thanks for the great illustration, Darrin! He is indeed in charge, and as we surrender to just that, we find He is there holding us up…
      🙂 Shannon

  5. Wow Shannon, this is just what our Sunday morning message was about yesterday, and I’m contemplating a similar post! Even though we all have certain shortcomings and weaknesses we’d love to eagerly push past, let’s not be so quick to remove that thorn…it may be used for good, and having that conviction keeps us humble!!

    2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (AMP)
    And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn ([a]a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.

    8 Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;

    9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [b]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [c]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

    God bless!

    Patricia

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