The story of Moses is one of the greatest stories in all of scripture. At the time Moses believes he’s ready to defend his Hebrew brothers and sisters, he tries it HIS way; one slave at a time. God had different plans; 40 years of wilderness training, a more mature Moses and a non-consuming, burning bush. Don’t you just love how God operates? The least of all people you would anticipate leading a nation gets the call. It was never Moses’ strength that God needed; it was God’s strength that Moses needed! Abraham needed reminded a time or two that it was God’s plan to use his seed to bring forth a nation too numerous to count. Moses needed Aaron to hold his hand when going to talk to Pharaoh. Years prior to Moses’ burning bush encounter, Moses was trying to handle everything on his own. After the burning bush, Moses tries everything he can to avoid handling ANYTHING. Sound familiar? Ever been there? Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul: 2 Cor 12:7-9 “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me 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.”
Boasting about weaknesses isn't about ‘physical battle wounds’ like a scar or broken arm. Boasting about weakness is allowing others to see your tendencies to do the wrong thing and trusting God to pull you up out of the mire and give you a different direction. Just as with Moses, Paul and us…God’s grace is sufficient for each of us because HIS power is made perfect in our weakness!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.