Little Lola was having a hard time learning to skate. Every time she got up and started to skate, she fell down. The bruises were multiplying and covering all of the available space on her knees and elbows.
A neighbor passing by watched her try and try again. Finally he approached her and asked, “Why don’t you give up?”
“Because,” she cried with tears streaming down her face, “my father didn’t give me these skates to give up with but to go on with.”
Our Lord gives us His gracious favor and wonder working power to “go on with…” A good example of this is the Apostle Paul. God did not remove His affliction. He promised, however, to demonstrate His grace and power in and through him at all times.
God wants to display His grace and power in our lives often through what we believe to be our weaknesses. He wants to give us courage and hope, strength and victory. When we willingly admit our weaknesses and limitations we are forced to depend upon God to be effective and successful. Surrendering to Him when we need His help forces us to admit our inabilities and His abilities. Admitting our limitations enables us to develop our Christ-dependence, deepen our respect for God’s presence and power in our lives and will encourage us to develop a deeper sense of worship.
Prayer: Father, we truly need Your involvement in our lives. When we are weak - give us Your strength, when we are down - raise us with Your power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”…That is why, for Christ sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong.