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.
The world teaches to believe in yourself. But what happens when our efforts end up with empty results, and feelings of inadequacy rise? Thankfully, we as Christians, are not called to believe in one’s self, but Christ.
A couple years ago, as a lady read through her notifications, she saw that another lady from her group just lost mother. The Spirit gave her compassion, reminding her of Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. The prod was intense to show up to dinner in support of the other lady, yet she felt inadequate. They had never met. She’d never been to a funeral before, nor lost anyone in my immediate family. Surely there are people closer to her to comfort her, she thought, or those who’d been through a loss.
The tug of the Holy Spirit urged her constantly all day to go, so she went.
Before leaving she grabbed the yellow bunch of tulips from the kitchen. They were left over from her loving husband who’d brought home 3 bunches (since they were on sale) of her favorite flowers. Only 2 bunches fit in her vase.
As she spotted someone from their group she knew, they pointed her in the direction of the lady who’d lost her mom. The lady in mourning looked at the flowers in her hand and said, “How did you know?”
“That my mom’s favorite flowers were yellow tulips!”
WOW! Look what the Lord did! He used a seemingly incapable yet willing person, equipping them with supernatural ability to comfort another.
When has it ever been about our sufficiency with God? Did He say, “bring all your good deeds to the cross and lets see what cha got”? No! He wants us to come to Him with empty hands. Humble knees.
The enemy will try and tear us down. Negative thoughts of not being smart enough, nice enough, good enough to carry out His will. But we get to turn that argument on it’s head. No, we’re not good enough. But in the hands of God, it’s not about our abilities.
It’s not about us. It never has been.
It’s about GOD who chose us, out of His great love, grace and goodness. We are made perfect in the Beloved Christ. He uses us despite our shortcomings, when we place Him, Our Sovereign King in control, and trust Him.
Oh Sovereign Lord, next time I take my eyes off of you and focus on my faults, remind me to refocus my gaze upon You and Your exceeding sufficiency. Let me not run ahead or lag behind, but walk with You all the days of my life. Show me how to walk in submission and trust. ~ Amen
Our God is a Good Father!