9.30.17 – 2 Cor 12:10

Ive struggled a little in finding a passage to write about in this chapter (2 Corinthians 12). Well this week God gave me something to think about. Between, work, church and home I always have something going on, I wouldn’t have it any other way. In all honesty, of late, work has had its share of stress filled moments, there’s always something going on at church and then time with the family and friends. So Wednesday God decided I needed a break by putting me in the hospital with chest pains and very high blood pressure. After a day of tests and observation they allowed me to return home to rest. Prior to this, other than the self-induced stress I mentioned above, I have felt fine. We feel we are invincible, “‘Tis but a flesh wound” is our mantra. We want to do great things, make a difference in this world.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul is speaking about his life and despite all the hardships he had faced, what he had accomplished for God. However, God had given him a condition that caused constant pain. A pain so great that he prayed many times for God to remove it. In the end, Paul became content with this condition. It acted to keep him totally reliant on the power of God’s grace.
We live in a world where the strong are revered and weakness is an unmentionable. When we become successful it’s easy to turn that back on ourselves rather than the one who makes ALL things possible. So in spite of this setback, I thank God for this past week, it has allowed me to refocus on my need for Him, versus what I’m doing for him. So to that, I say bring it on world, give me all you can to keep me focused on Jesus and only then may he use me as he sees fit.
2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.