Wednesday Word 10.16.2019

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 New International Version
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.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
We all have them. The chink in the armor. That Achilles heel. We all have our weaknesses. Some people never comes to terms with their own shortcomings. It isn’t easy to objectively evaluate our own behavior and attitudes. The poet Robert Burns said, “Oh, would some Power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us! It would from many a blunder free us, and foolish notion…Anyone who meets me can easily ascertain the root of one of my greatest personal struggles: my weight. The inner trials that people face aren’t so easy to identify.
The first problem is identifying the problem. The biggest problem is that we think no one could understand or could offer any help with our own personal thorns. Sometimes we are too ashamed to admit our weaknesses or bear too much guilt around them. I am here to tell you that is bunk. Know why? God already knows all about it! Sometimes when I have been really struggling with some inner beast, I am jolted into reality by the image of God, shaking his head in disbelief and saying, “Vicki, Vicki, Vicki. How many times do I have to tell you…” I realize that I have done it again. I have tried to work out the troubles of the universe all on my own. Just as the pastor stated on Sunday, we are not qualified to save the world. Even more important for us to comprehend, we are not capable of saving ourselves! Thst job is already taken. Yes, we must accept responsibility for our actions; but, we must also face the reality that we simply cannot do it alone! We need Jesus! “My Grace is sufficient for you.” We must learn to rely on that grace. Completely…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki