8/16 2 Corinthians 12:10

10 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.

The so-called super-apostles who relied on their intellect and speaking ability attracted followers to themselves. Paul, on the other hand, relied on the Lord. He knew that the less he trusted in himself, the more the power of God would flow through him. The less he trusted in self, the more he had to rely upon God.

Realizing this was the case, he was content with his weaknesses, with the insults that came his way, with the hardships of his ministry, and with the persecutions and calamities that came with preaching the gospel. I find this to be a real challenge that constantly reminds me where I have placed my trust. Are we content when our computer crashes, when our car breaks down, or when a health issue arises? If we really grasp that in our weaknesses the power of Christ is more evident, we, too, can be content. If we know our weaknesses make us strong in the Lord's power, we will see those weaknesses with a new perspective.

What do you rely upon for your service to God? Is it your own strengths? If so, you will find it difficult to be content when those strengths fail. The Lord's strength is unlimited in supply.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to look to and rely upon You for the strength to do everything for Your glory. Thank You for always being faithful.