Monday, August 6, 2012

Content With Weakness...

I am attempting to read through the Bible during 2012 and I am documenting some of  my thoughts and reflections here on our blog as kind of an accountability to this... 

Today in my time with the Lord while reading the Word, I was really challenged.  Here is one of the passages I read today and it struck me in a new way.

  The Lord says this to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

 I have stood on this above Word from the Lord often, yet today the part of the chapter that most spoke to my heart was Paul's response to the Lord...

  Paul states, 
"Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  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."

How Paul says he is CONTENT with seemingly terrible things - weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities.  Wow!  What a statement!  Paul is content in the Lord and content with life when facing these hard situations.  He is resting in the TRUTH of Who God is and remains content.

 How I want to grow into this place of being so content in the Lord and so intimate with Him that I am also CONTENT in the face of adversity.  And then I remember Paul's words written in Phillipians.

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
 I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
~Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)~

Paul LEARNED how to be CONTENT... It was a LEARNED thing.  It was not natural to him. He had to learn the secret of being content. I so desire to learn this too.  My heart asks, "Lord, what is the secret?  Please reveal it to my heart... Can you teach me?"  

Honestly, lately I have been feeling extremely weak and pushed past my limits...
  I am pregnant, feeling physically exhausted, we recently faced an accident with Sophia (that really shook me as a mother), currently we are in the middle of a  financial crisis and VERY soon I will be a mother to a newborn baby girl.  I know that in just weeks I will be facing sleepless nights and new challenges - all with GREAT JOY - as I am super excited about being a mommy to 2 little girlies.   However, I also know when this new reality hits home it will be challenging.  I will feel even more weak, yet in my weakness I want to depend on the Lord to be my strength and remain CONTENT in Him in the midst of it all.

As Jesus says,
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33~

We know that challenges are a part of life in this world, and many times those challenges include weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities.  When facing these things, in the raging sea of life, I want to be content, holding firmly to Jesus, who is completely strong when I am weak.

Thankful for these truths today!
I am learning to be content with weakness...

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