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Good Morning MVC - April 22nd

by Sarah Goodale on April 22, 2020

Good Morning MVC,

In all my interactions this week it seems like this week was a breaking point for a lot of people. Even my oldest son (a middle schooler) who has really been enjoying this quarantine hit his limit yesterday and is ready for this to be over. If you are feeling overwhelmed like you are not enough or there is no way you are going to make it another week, I just want to say to you…..that you are right. You are not enough, this is too much for any one person, and you probably can’t do this on your own. Okay, have a great day!

I am just kidding that would be a terrible place to end a devotional. Yes, you are not enough but the good news is you do not have to be because God wants to reveal himself through your weaknesses. He wants you to lean into him in those moments. The apostle Paul talked about this in 2 Corinthian 12. Paul talks about a thorn in his side that he asked the Lord to take away. Theologians have speculated what the thorn in his side was. Some say that it was a person or a situation while others believe it was an ailment that possibly Paul was losing his sight. Whatever it was God did not take it away and Paul records what God said to him and then his response in 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. 10 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.

            “When I am weak, then I am strong”. Paul is strengthened because when he confesses and accepts his weaknesses he becomes reliant on the Lord, the all-powerful God of the universe. We are not expected to handle all this craziness on our own and on our own power. God wants us to come to him. He wants to step into our circumstances and be our strength. If this last week something came up in your marriage that you are not sure how to handle it, ask God to step into that with you; if your child is acting out right now and you are not sure what to do, ask God to step into that with you; and if you are feeling overwhelmed and full of anxiety, ask God to step into that with you. The Lord wants us to be dependent on him. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

He wants you to come to him and confess that you need him at this moment to be your strength. If there is one thing that I have learned in ministry is that I am not enough. I am often faced with situations that if God doesn’t show up and make it happen, I will not be able to do it on my own power. When I confess that to him and invite him into those moments he has always been faithful. Church family, I challenge you this week to be honest with the Lord, confess your weaknesses to him, and invite him into those situations to be your strength. I am going to leave you with one more passage to encourage you this week. I pray that you would hold this in your heart as you go forward:

 

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.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

This is such good news! We serve an all-powerful God that never gets tired or weary of us coming to him and wants us to depend on his mighty power. I love you church family!
-Sarah

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