“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.”
(2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)
Lord, am I content with these seemingly bad things? I want the power of Christ to rest upon me, but I confess that I don’t want to really need Your power. I want it to be overflow, not my “if I don’t have this I will truly go under” power and grace.
Oh, Lord, how shortsighted and sinful I am! Because of what You have done for me — because You took on my sin and paid the death penalty I should have received — I can be content with–
weaknesses — a physical body that has been bruised and broken by illness and injury
insults — being misunderstood; being “left out;” having my motives and actions judged
hardships — learning once again to “live life” in a new way; prioritizing; letting go; doing without
persecutions — God, give me grace and strength to face them squarely
calamities — God, give me peace in the midst of the many storms
When I am weak, Your strength can shine through. Lord, I want to become “faceless” — I truly want people to glorify and honor You because they have been in contact with me.