God’s Power and the Miracle of You

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)

The ability to persevere through weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities does not come from our own strength. The source of that resolve comes from Jesus who tells us to follow him and live by his words. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, but we have to be in a connected relationship with him to receive any benefit. Otherwise, we will whither away just like that fig tree that couldn’t produce any fruit.

To be still and know that he is God is an invitation for us to ponder the many ways he sustains us. Everything about us and this earth is a miracle. The fact that you can read the words on this page from an electronic device is a miracle. To be able to transmit intelligible conversations to distant parts of this world using radio signals is a miracle. To be made in God’s image and experience being alive; to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, sadness, and melancholy; to be noticed, cherished, and loved by him and others: That is the miracle of you.

Jesus lives in you and his power is made perfect in all of your weaknesses. Just cling to him and let him care for your soul. He will heal your mind and the wounds of your heart. He will supply you with strength so that your faith is built into a magnificent monument. He will influence you to be more like him; and at the end of all your efforts and struggles, that is all that really matters.

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