Let’s face it – No matter how much you and I would like to tell ourselves that we’re strong …. Are we really?
For those of you who don’t know, I work at a company that allows a group of us to send daily scripture messages to whoever would like to get the word. For 3 ½ years, the passage I am sharing today has been used about a dozen times.This is what I sent out today because I need to constantly remind myself that I shouldn’t be leaning on my own strength… I needed this message today!
How many times have you been in a position where you don’t know how you are going to get through it, where you feel weak? Stressed at work, kids are acting out, can’t sleep, your family members are sick, broke house, broke car, work and school at the same time… If you have experienced any of these or ones I haven’t listed you have been in a moment of weakness. What did you do about it?
I want you to think about that one question. What did you do?
Now comes the reality for us as believers – what does the Word ask us to do? In 1 Peter 5 we’re called to humble ourselves, to cast our anxieties on the Lord, because He cares for YOU. Don’t go for that drink, that anger, those mean words, isolation, that __________ you do when you’re weak. Take hold of Christ’s strength, for in our weakness His strength is perfected. Give it up. Really do it this time. And don’t do it by yourself. Verse 9 in 1 Peter 5 says that when we give it up, we can stand firm knowing that our brothers and sisters around the world are going through the same thing. Lean on each other. If you are not doing that today let me encourage and pray for you to do so. Chances are someone out there has been where you are! Reach out to that person you know can pray for your and encourage you.
Bottom line friends, you and I are weak, but HE is strong. In Christ’s strength we are perfected. It is OKAY for you to be vulnerable, to show humility and weakness, because we can lean on Christ and the body (our brothers and sisters of faith) to get through it. This life was never meant to be lived on your own.
So thankful for each of you. Praying for you today!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
New International Version (NIV)
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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.