2 Corinthians 13:4
It seems such a paradox when one considers the frailty of Christ’s frame, how he suffered such a cruel and despicable death on the cross, compared to the power of God so evident in him as his life source. Our own lives often show the same contrasting paradox that we have witnessed in Christ, yet our times of weakness become such a platform for the power of God to be displayed! (Mirror Bible)
Are you willing to allow God to use your weaknesses?
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (NKJV)
In your weakness, God has strength, if you let go. God will amaze you at what He can and will do with your life. You simply have to be available. Whatever your weakness is; you are who you are until God changes you.
2 Corinthians 4: 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (New King James Version NKJV)
Sometimes you are on point and sometimes you are not.
Romans 7:15 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. (The Message MSG)
Allow God to get glory out of both times. Sure, you want the Father to use your successes as examples. Don’t you know your failures can be just as useful to Him. There are things that have happened and things you have done in your life. Some of those experiences would have made someone else throw in the towel. When you didn’t.
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NKJV)
Instead, you allowed the power of the Almighty to be demonstrated in your life and you got a testimony.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. (Amplified Bible AMP)
You know what else? Your life glorified God and it will continue to bring glory to His name as long as you keep walking with Him. It is not over. As long as you live, opportunities to be used by God will continue to come, both because of your strengths as well as your weaknesses.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I wonder if my life is funny to You. I think it is. It certainly has its hilarious moments for me. I look at my life and there are parts of it that can be used to write a book entitled “What not to do.” Other times I look at my life and I believe it could be used to help someone find You. I am sorry I divided my life into a matter of my perspective. This gives the enemy so much ammunition. Father, I am incredibly grateful I am not the one who decides how You will use my life; You do. There are things about me You will use to keep someone from falling. There are things You will use to guide someone to victory. I repent for only wanting You to use what I consider to be the good things. Thank You for not cherry picking my life. Thank You for accepting all of who I am, the good, the bad, the up, the down, the bitter and the sweet. You want all of me, not just the part that I consider praiseworthy. I can never thank You enough for that…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.