DAY 3: In your weakness, He shows His strength.
If there’s indeed one thing that causes me angst, is watching our child suffer an ailment. Any parent would tell you that’s it’s not easy watching your child go through agony of whichever magnitude, and all you can do is cry and pray.
It’s not only worrying, it’s a draining and distressing season.
It’s not easy keeping a normal non-anxious equilibrium when your child coughs around or writhes around in pain. Everything around you seems to be all dark, enmeshed in cobwebs of hopelessness and every ounce of one’s strength is drained. \
Probably for you, the dark path has been your marriage that seems not to be working, for another, its the long wait for a stable job or maybe your kids that have disappointed you. For others, the dark clouds are colleagues who backstab them, your pain could be in the businesses that run you into constant losses, your never ending heartbreaks or the loneliness that grips you so tight you could hardly shake it off – we all go through dark valleys.
But in all that mess, even in the valleys, God has promised us peace. In our weakness, His strength is made not only good, but perfect.
He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9.
We may be tempted to think the peace he gives means never experiencing any distress, living in a placid environment with no distractions and anxiety. We may even pray that He takes away the sickness, the trouble, or sorts out whichever mess you and I are in. Well, in as much as he is able to do that and more, His peace could still be evident in that very storm.
He says in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
That tells us that for that word to apply in our lives, there will be circumstances that trouble us and cause us to be afraid – yet He tells us not be troubled.
The peace he talks about, is not the peace the world gives, pegged on being socially acceptable, being driven by comparison or FOMO, material security, idolizing gifts from God, fame and power.
The peace that only He can give, is a quiet confidence in Him that even though the seas are raging and are turbulent, he can speak a word and tame them, or, safely sail you through them. He can chose either, and what He wills is perfect. He doent just leave us alone to tottle thought the murky waters unattended. He is the good shepherd who has promised to be with us till the very end.
Jesus gives us the much needed hope that is grounded in him and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
By trusting in Christ enough, and relying on the power of the HolySpirit, we cannot help but overflow with the joy, peace, and hope that only can God provide. He makes His strength perfect when we are sinking and weak.
He showcases His power by giving us the ability to weather the “not so pleasant moments”. Not as the world expects, but with a graciousness that only those with the mind of Christ can understand.
In this world as Jesus said, there will be persecutions, and trouble. But He says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. There is a greater reason not to be worried: We know Jesus. He says “Trust in God, and trust also in me” John 14:1. In other words, “I am the one with the strength! I have overcome all these troubles, so be not perturbed.”
When you trust in God, when you trust in Christ, you do not need to understand “why this is not working” or “why that seems not to go your way”. You simply surrender for His strength is made perfect in your weakness.