Strength in the bottom of the bucket

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Photo: K. Davis

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. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

How many times do we try to do something, get through to someone, try to bring about a different result, only to come up empty. Well, we think…I’ve tried absolutely everything, and here I am at the bottom of the bucket, and I have nothing left. It just won’t work. And that is the point that we turn it over to God- when we’ve exhausted ourselves and our resources. But why on earth do we wait so long?

2 Corinthians 12:10 reminds us that we should delight in our weaknesses, the hard times, and the trials. It is during these times that our puny strength rolls right under the bus, and His amazing strength sustains us and carries us over the circumstance.

God wants us to give Him our struggles before we exhaust ourselves and come up empty at the bottom of the bucket. He wants to replace our weakness and total insufficiency with His strength, and we don’t need to wait until we’ve proven that we can’t do it on our own (that’s already a given!).

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

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