|This weeks readings and question of the week:|
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the week: How did I respond the last time someone challenged my perspectives and prejudices? How might Jesus be calling on me, by my own “prophetic” vocation, to do the same?
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
2nd Corinthians 12: 8-10
Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”What a wonderful proclamation to hear from our Lord! God’s grace is sufficient.
In this topsy-turvy world, when all things seem to go wrong,
when we discover that we are not in control, and are powerless to save ourselves, it is such a miraculous thing to hear the truth: that despite our weakness, and even in and through our weakness, God’s strength reigns supreme, and we … we are called to live by God’s Grace.
Who would have guessed that the weakness of God in Christ,
crucified on another thorn, could break the shackles of sin and death and remove the thorn of evil from us?
As Paul told the Corinthians in the earlier letter:
“The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
The cross is a folly to the Greek, and a stumbling block for the Jew — for the cross is weakness, not strength,it is humiliation, not victory … but not in the eyes of God. For Christ’s thorn — His Cross — is the strength which delivers us all.in this topsy-turvey world, when all things seem to go wrong, when we discover that we are not in control, and are powerless to save yourselves, it is, indeed, a miraculous thing to hear the truth:
that despite our weakness and even in and through our weakness, God’s strength reigns supreme.
And we … just like Paul … we are called to find God’s Grace sufficient for us. We are called … like Paul … to live by Grace.
edited/abbreviated from: Dr. Gregory S. Neal