As I read through these chapters, God’s power is evident in everything.
He sends angels ahead, drives out enemies, establishes borders. He is able to subdue beasts and make them beg for mercy. He can create choice wine from water. And only he can raise up a temple in three days.
But Paul stumps me in 2 Corinthians. After a lengthy account of his sufferings he writes,
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:30
I know that Paul was writing to the Corinthians in regards to these “super apostles” who boasted in worldly things. But his comment had me thinking about my accomplishments. And when I considered weaknesses in comparison to my successes, I was rather surprised (and not surprised) to find God there. Behind failed relationships, he has brought reconciliation, understanding, comfort or peace. Behind my regrets, he has provided forgiveness. Behind every one of my weaknesses, God showed up.
His power is evident in everything.
Father, I am quick to thank you for my successes, but rarely think to thank you for my weaknesses. In fact, I would rather hide them from you and me! But you find me there anyway, and you pull me out from it in ways I never imagine. Sometimes it is a struggle for me for years, but you are faithful and loving. When I look back on all you have done, I can feel my breath catch. In my moments of weakness, I pray that I could look forward to your deliverance, teaching, comfort and mercy with the same marvel. Thank you for always being there.