Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - August 26, 2010
Our devotion for the morning comes from 2 Corinthians 12:10 "So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; we've all had those days when nothing seems to go right. In fact, we may have gone through weeks, months, or even years when nothing seemed to turn out right. No matter how strong we are, we all experience times of discouragement or near defeat. During those times, we can feel alone. That's when we realize we are weak.
Many people in the world want to say that Christianity and even God Himself is a crutch for the weak. However, it is in our weakness that we discover God's strength and the incredible encouragement He offers. Second Corinthians 12:10 tells us, "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong."
God never says, "Give up. You're going to be defeated." On the contrary, the Bible reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Christ. (Romans 8:37) God speaks of his unending grace and mercy as well as His overflowing fountains of love. He wants us to make it. He wants us to know that no matter how challenging life is, He is here for us. When things go wrong in our lives, we need to turn to God and ask for His help.
Relief may not be immediate or even quick according to our standards, but God is ready to lead the charge to help us come through those difficult times in our lives with rock solid faith in Him. Recognizing our weakness allows us to depend on the source of true strength.
Have a blessed encouraging day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III