Daily Devotional, Spiritual Walk

Tomato, Tomahto

Good morning, peeps!

“And he said unto me ‘My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’” –  2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV

Two summers ago, I taught a 5-part study on enduring temptation.  Now, this couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time in my life because it seemed like temptation was hitting me on eh-ver-reeee (every) side.  I don’t know about you, but that part in the Lord’s Prayer where it says, “lead me not into temptation”?  He doesn’t have to: I can find it on my own!   I was like “God!  Can you help me??  I’m really trying to do Your Will.  I’m trying to be obedient!  Can you take this desire away from me? I really weak here!”  In my spirit, I felt the Lord look at me and say, “Really, D??  Do you really want me to take that desire away from you?  My grace is sufficient for thee and my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

And then it clicked!  All of this time I have been struggling and failing miserably because I have been trying to make strong an area I’m just weak in instead of leaning on His strength.  Instead of allowing His strength to come in and do what it do!

You ever had a tomato plant, and you wanted it to produce big juicy fruit?  Well, you put a stake in a pot of soil and you wrap the vine around it.  Remove the vine from the stake and feel it: the vine is weak.  Wrap the vine back around the stake – feel it.  Guess what?  The vine is still weak, but that doesn’t matter BECAUSE IT’S RELYING ON THE STRENGTH OF THE STAKE.  Now take the vine away from the stake and look at it (the stake): it’s just a raggedy ol’ stick in a pot.  Huh?  Yeah.  Without the vine, it’s just a stick…in a pot of dirt…cluttering up your patio.  It has no purpose.

Our weaknesses give God’s strength its purpose.  Hmm.

Peeps, I have learned that no matter what season you’re in, you will have weak moments.  That is not the time to rely on your own strength.  That’s when you wrap yourself around the strength of God’s Word!  Allow His strength to do what it was made to do: to be strong and perfected in your weakness.  And watch grace come right along with it and guess what?  It’s sufficient, which means it’s “enough to get the job done”.  Have a good day.

–d.

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