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Three Stumbling Blocks

God told the apostle Paul that Divine Power would help him in the presence of his weakness

Power and Weakness

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

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.

In our first week of September’s devotionals, I have been trying to show that power can be a stumbling block if we don’t understand it. It’s my belief that most of us approach the concept of power from a human perspective, at best, and a worldly perspective, at worst. The Bible speaks of power dozens of times, but often from a perspective that is much different than ours.

Today’s scripture is one of these occasions when we get God’s perspective on His power at work in us. The apostle Paul had prayed at least three times that God’s power would demonstrate itself in a weakness of his. Paul’s approach was: God, take this from me. In other words, “God, destroy this weakness in me, with your powerful word.” Paul wanted an instantaneous demonstration of God’s power by freeing him of his circumstances. Isn’t that the way we think of power most of the time? Aren’t we hoping for and most impressed with “shock and awe” than with any other method?

God can do, and has done, the “shock and awe” kind of power, but we can’t paint Him in that box all the time! God told the apostle Paul that Divine Power would help him in his weakness, but it would be quietly, internally, behind the scenes and in surrounding circumstances in the presence of Paul’s weakness!

Father, grant me grace in the presence of my weaknesses. I will trust your wisdom on what kind of power you’ll provide. In Jesus’ Name, amen.