2 Corinthians 3:1 to 4:18
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but he Spirit gives life.” 2 Cor. 3:5-6
For some of us, it takes a whole life time for us to realize our inadequacies. I realize mine more and more each week as I see the tasks that are laid out before me. When we can accept our human limitations, we are better for it. G. K. Chesterton says “We’re all ordinary people and it’s the extraordinary people who know it.” Paul agrees with this thought, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:7) And John says, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.” (John 6:63)
If anything is to be accomplished, it is done by God. The works of God in us comes because we realize we are limited in our humanness. It is hard to realize we are weak, but when we do, it is there that our strength lies. Some of us are much too talented for our own good, because we become reliant on our amazing gifts that have been bestowed. So, on we go, each day, relying totally on our own wisdom and strength to our own detriment. But God has a way of stopping us in our tracks.
Our best laid plans can become derailed. The wheels fall of our wagons; we steer ourselves into a ditch per se and we come to realize that our resolve of “we can” becomes “we can’t” and it is in that moment, when we are wringing our hands, that we realize He can and we can when we depend on Him. The best laid plans are plans laid at Jesus feet. The demands that are placed on us, whether we are administrative assistants, presidents, janitors, pastors, teachers, nurses, doctors, parents, singles, it does not matter, because these demands now become His demands not ours. “We are hard pressed on either side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9)
Life is full of uncertainties, but when we depend on God, we can be certain that when the rubber meets the road we will know what we need to know when the time comes. The struggles of each day will always be there, we will be perplexed and vexed, troubled and tired, but we can trust His presence and His care. When we understand our weakness it is then that we truly can “do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Phil. 4:13)
George MacDonald said, “Confess ourselves poor creatures, for that is the beginning of being great men and great women. To persuade ourselves that we are something when we are nothing is terrible loss; to confess that we are nothing is to lay the foundation of being something.”
Lord, we truly can do all things through you. We lay our weakness at your feet—we choose your strength.
Blessings, Pastor Lori