power-and-weaknessI gravitated toward the first promise,  “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Mat. 11:28).  Yeah, I’ve got some weights I’d love to exchange for rest.  Some great responsibilities I don’t want to mess up and at the same time am unsure if I can best fulfill them. 

Then it is my turn to read another promise of God outloud, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).  I may have gravitated toward the first promise, but here my heart most greatly resonates. 

Hmm.  Weakness seems to be a precondition of power.  Human weakness and divine power.

If anything, I feel weak to best fulfill a couple of very important responsibilities.  To best fulfill them requires me to take some actions that make me a bit squeemish, or at least, a bit uncomfortable.  I feel weak, or perhaps, “insufficient” or “inadequate.”  

One of my God-given responsibilities requires me to more forcefully pursue a meeting with an influential person not just to clear up some communication, and also in hopes of igniting in this person the same certain fire within me.

Does this make sense?  I am being required to move away from my normal small circle of comfortable strengths to an area of risk, even if it does seem minimal.

And then I think of the divine statement that in my weakness somehow divine power is perfected.  If I’m weak, I can’t give any credit of success to my abilities.  In a sense, for this to work (which I believe in this case is according to His will), God is required to show up.  To be strong for me.  And, really, I want nothing more than to watch Him at work.

So I’m being asked to live in such a way that is impossible for me to live.  At least on my own power.  Which really isn’t power at all.

I’m being asked to grow.  To watch God work.  To take God-honoring risks.  To put my money where my mouth is…or to actually live what I say I believe.  And besides, isn’t this exactly how we are to be living anyway?

So here goes…