8th April 2017

Tearfund: Living Water Day 39

 

LIVING WATER: Boasting in weakness

 

 

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

 

We’re weak. It’s official. ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.’ says Paul in Romans 7:15. We try, we fail, we try, we fail again.

 

Paul’s ‘thorn’ reminds us that our weakness is inevitable, unavoidable and necessary. But we don’t need to be afraid or even ashamed of it, we can even boast of it, because it too will be redeemed and in the meantime God’s grace is sufficient for us.

 

We are forced to throw ourselves on the mercy of God and we find something worth boasting about mercy and grace that are sufficient, real and trustworthy, no matter what.

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank you that you know me and love me, even in my weakness, that your grace has already met me there and factored that in. Give me the peace of knowing the joy you have in me just as I am. Amen

 

Contributed by Isobel Peaty

 

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