This week has been a real mixed bag for me honestly. The Lord has answered my prayer for a new PC meaning i can also start some other projects relating to Life after Darkness in the near future (for more info on that say tuned in the coming weeks) along with being able to get more posts out at a more consistent rate, and i’m so grateful for that. The Lord is good, and truly wants the best for us. But this week hasn’t come with its fair share of struggles.
For the first time in a long time, i’ve been feeling like an outcast, not just with my friends, but also my family. It’s caused me to struggle with being as social as i’d normally like to be. And honestly has been making me feel on the edge, i know this is an attack, but honestly that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with, so i did what i normally do if i’m feeling like this in a service, i began to read the word.
The Lord lead me to this passage from 2 Corinthians 12:10 “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.” and it was this verse i knew i had to write about today.
Something that has been a constant theme since the beginning of this blog is what I’ve taken to calling “the art of suffering” it’s the idea of being able to praise the goodness of Jesus even in our darkness moments. That, as Paul says in the aforementioned verse, that when we are suffering, when things seem like they couldn’t get any worse, there’s always a strength inside of us, and that strength is the Lord himself.
Our weakness isn’t our own when we are in Christ. Because he is the one that uses our brokenness in order to show us his glory, of how he can and will use anyone willing to follow him, even when that seems impossible. But this is the challenge of following the word of the Lord, it will seem impossible at times, but it’s pushing through that wall, it’s remembering that we can do all things through him who strengthens us.
I truly believe that it was God’s will that i read this verse while i was at the lowest point of my day. Because it’s a true reminder of the goodness of the Lord. That even though i may feel weak, i may feel alone, and i may be broken, but that weakness is strength when i’m living for Christ. Even if the enemy has blinded me to my place in my church, and in the kingdom in general, that doesn’t mean his lies become truth, his only power is that of deception. Once you take that from him, he has nothing.
The question now is, “how do we find our strength in Christ when we are all of the things that Paul mentions in that verse?” and this is the real question my friends, it takes a strong trust and stronger faith to be able to see our strength in him when we are feeling weak. But it is not impossible. The more we know the word and the promises of the lord, the more we can trust in those promises.
If someone says “i know you’re struggling right now, but things will get better i promise” how often do we just take them at their word? Because how do they know things will get better, how can they promise that? Quite frankly, a person can’t. But our God can. Because his promise isn’t a blind one. It’s right there in his word, all we have to do is read and trust in it. A lot harder than it sounds i understand, but anything worth doing isn’t easy.
Here’s just some of his promises to us:
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”- Exodus 14:14
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”- Deutronomy 31:8
“if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”- John 8:36
See? from the old testament to the new, from Genesis to Revelation God is with us, and he loves us. And his promises stay true.
So when life is getting you down, when things seem impossible and you feel like you are at your weakest, just remember. our weakness is our strength when we live for Christ.
Thank you for reading and May God Bless you.