Saturday, February 18, 2017

All You Can Do

2 Corinthians 12:9-10  "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.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

       Who hasn't been there and said, "I don't know what more I can do."  We all experience things in our lives, where we in no doubt know the situation is out of our hands.  The waiting can be described as uncomfortable at best.  Whoever invented the idea of superpowers must have realized how limited our power over things really is.  "For you can do nothing apart from God."
        One way we try to demonstrate our release of control over life's battles is tough love.  When you've pointed the way and provided the way to a loved one, but it's been rejected time after time.  We sometimes have to give the reins totally over to God through prayer and by stepping aside to let His will be done.
        While I do what I can to reach others with the Good News, it is out of my hands {or anyone else's} to save anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus' saving grace.  Ephesians 2:8-9  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."   We pray for the lost, we lead by example, we make resources and ourselves available but in the end it's God who opens their ears to hear, their eyes to see and their hearts to be opened.  "Jesus came to bring us hope in the darkest of circumstances." 
         I think the verses at the beginning of this blog must be my own life verses because the weaker my physical body becomes the stronger my soul relies on my faith. God's grace has been sufficient for me and is greater than all my sin.  I use my weaknesses to plant seeds in my journey with others to show God's grace and faithfulness in my life. That is my job, to declare His praises to the world around me.  What God does to cultivate anything, I or anyone has tried to do for His glory is by His will and grace alone.
         Who better to turn to with our concerns than God?  No problem is too great or too small for our God.  Isaiah 40:28 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom."