Divine Bread/Living Water: Listening to SilenceMay 13, 2017
Divine Bread/Living Water: Mercy is MessyJune 6, 2017
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
..."My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
recently saw a quote on Facebook attributed to Mike Epps, but it can actually be traced to an ancient Afghan proverb that says, “May I never forget, on my best day, that I need God as desperately as I did on my worst day.” Wisdom speaks in profound simplicity. I am a fortunate man who has seen far more good/great days than bad/worst days. But, there have been a few bad days. Memories of tears, anxiety and the sleepless nights bring recollection of a desperate gnawing in my spirit crying out for God to save, God to help, God to heal, God to teach, God to comfort. Within this Afghan proverb we find a truth that has been told to me by my friend Christine Wyrtzen who says, “we best experience God at our greatest point of need.”
Walk a few years with Jesus and you will find He is always faithful to bring us back to a place of need. Oh, that we could learn that the grace that sustains us in the valley is just as real on the mountaintop. Sometimes the exhilaration of success and victory drowns out the desperate posture we are always called to assume. Ephesians 2:87-9 (NIV) "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." Note that “saved” refers to an all-encompassing salvation that far exceeds a rescue from hell and includes adoption into God’s family and an abundant life powered by the living Spirit of Jesus Christ inside us. A salvation that declares we belong to one who loves with an eternal powerful divine affection.
You see, we are actually like drowning people, thrashing about in the sea of life, where even the strongest swimmers come to languish far from shore. All of our panic, all of our efforts, all of our anxiety cannot save us when the waves of trouble come. We are only safe when we yield to the one who walks on the water and works above the storms. He is the divine rescuer. We must cease our struggle and yield to Him to be saved. Safety, security and life rest in His hands when we collapse into His saving arms of grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) … “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.
Better than yielding in the storm, is yielding in the calm. On our best day, we are woefully inadequate when operating in our own wisdom and strength. We must come to the realization that on our own, even in the shallows, we are in over our heads and our supposed sure footing is on sinking sand. We need to reach for the divine life guard to help us on our best day. Our hearts and minds are easily deceived into believing that we can have meaningful success on our own. We must give up and rest when the times are calm, give up and rest amidst the exhilaration of winning, give up and rest substituting gratefulness for confidence. The LORD is ever faithful and never failing. We are always needful and desperate for His wisdom, His blessing, His direction and His rest.
I maintain to all of you that we are at our best and live to our highest potential when we realize we are in over our heads. Stay desperate my friends.
Prayer for the Day
Thank you Father for the realization that I am in over my head. Thanks that You are always there to rescue me even when I don’t believe I need a rescuer. Help me keep my eyes and my desires fixed on you rather than my circumstance, whether times are good or bad. Help me realize that You are all I have – and You are all I need. Keep me always depending on You and walking in faith. It is the path that You have planned for those who belong to You. I am Yours for Jesus’ sake, Amen.