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Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
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2 Corinthians 12:7-10
There may be no single thing that believers struggle with more than the things God puts upon us, places before us, inflicts us with to teach us humility and dependence upon him.
Our high-achiever world values performance, measurable outcomes and signs of success. We are always aware of how well we are faring based upon our comparisons to others.
There was no one that struggled with this more than the apostle Paul. If there was ever a person driven to succeed in whatever he set out to do, it was Paul. He was born into the loyal tribe of Israel as a son of Benjamin who provided Israel’s first king. He studied at the feet of the leading religious scholars of his day and quickly moved up the ranks as a person of influence. He became one of the select few that met the requirements to become a Pharisee.
When Paul was converted to Christianity he was just as driven and determined to succeed. However, what he learned was that the old standards of success could not be used. God would use his weakness--not his strength.
Therefore, God placed some affliction upon Paul to keep him humble. It was not an affliction that Paul was willing to easily accept so three different times he prayed and asked God to move it but God never did. Paul had to learn to live with it and in the living with it discover deeper depths of God’s grace. Paul learned that God’s grace could and would help him handle what he could not handle alone. Paul discovered the power of weakness that comes from reliance upon God.
We all encounter from time to time things we have to live with that we would rather not have to do. Covid-19 is something we have been living with for more than a year. Many of us are anxious to move on and get back to normal, but our new normal just might be learning to live with the things that will not go away and yet not lose heart.
Let’s commit ourselves to seeking deeper witness of God’s grace in this moment to find our strength through weakness. For his grace is sufficient in all times and in all places for all persons.