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Daily Devotion – July 5, 2018
07.05.18

2 Corinthians 12: 6-10
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.

 

Devotion by Laurie Spencer

God chose Paul, a man with a gift for getting the word out. He spoke and wrote tirelessly to leave a legacy we can all follow.

God also knew Paul so well that it was important to send a reminder to be humble.

One way for us to reach a humble place is through adversity. Life’s challenges give us the perspective that our ‘thorns’ can bring us to deeper understand God’s place in our lives.   The phrase “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” is an important aspect of our faith that needs consideration. It introduces the importance of approaching life with humble respect for the power of the divine.

 

Prayer

Lord, you know me better than I know myself. You crafted someone with a big mouth and heart.  If you need to knock me down now and then to remind me who’s really running the show, I understand why.  Help me to be humbly receptive to your message. 

 



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