Sunday, November 18, 2012
Welcome to Day 322 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Psalm 124; 2 Corinthians 11; 2 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 13 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
2 Corinthians 11:30, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9, “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.”
2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
In what do I delight?
Weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, difficulties?
Can’t really say that I “delight” in those things.
Am I alone in this?
I mean, I get what Paul is saying… and I guess he was looking at the bright side of life during those times… Actually, all kidding aside, he experienced the grace of God in those times.
And when you have Jesus speak directly to you saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
That could make a difference! That could give one confidence… strength… courage.
But that statement is true for all of us, isn’t it?
I guess the question is, IS his grace sufficient for me? He thinks it is. I have to come in line with that thinking and accept that his grace IS sufficient for me.
I know it is in my heart… and I have most certainly experienced his grace, and a lot of it!
I love that Paul ended his second letter to the Corinthians with, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all!
That’s my prayer for each of us as we enter this holiday season!
Thank you Lord for your grace and love!