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"Looking for God"

Date published: 09/26/2016
2 Corinthians 11:30 “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (NIV)  

   This verse reveals a paradigm for living that totally contradicts human nature and what you instinctively want to do. Throughout life you are taught to run from fire, flee those who intend to hurt you, and avoid those situations that lead to failure. Emotionally you hate pain, weakness, and difficult environments. Paul began his writings in his first letter to the Corinthians by saying in 1 Corinthians 1:31 that our pride comes from Jesus - not our accomplishments, “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” (NIV) In the above focus verse, Paul ends his writings in his second letter to the Corinthians by proclaiming to boast of those things that show his weakness. 

   The opportunities you have in boasting of your weaknesses actually unveil part of the secret to experiencing more of Christ. Instead of running from hard times, pain, embarrassment, and failure, you are to see these times as avenues for experiencing and being used by God. Instead of a paradigm of avoidance, you take on a paradigm of running to God for comfort, direction, dependence, and most importantly openness for what He has for you. The negative things in your life can quickly consume your activities and prayers.  Instead of allowing them to pull you down, allow them to take you into a richer experience with Jesus. For example, how would you react in the following hard time? If you had cancer, would you pursue a remedy for the cancer more diligently than you would pursue an understanding of God’s desires during this hard time? I am not saying that God brings cancer, but I am encouraging you to recognize the truth in Romans 8:28 that God is actively working in every circumstance, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (NIV) Your boasting of your weakness is more of an anticipatory proclamation in what God is doing. Being in this position helps you see not only His work in you and those around you, but also helps you hear and respond to what God wants you to do.  

   Think of how God can use this changed model in your life. Anxiety, depression, and anger all flow from focusing on what is affecting you. God wants you to focus on Him, what He is doing, and how He wants to use you in life’s circumstances. Instead of being anxious, you can use the circumstances to go deeper into God to find His purpose for you. Instead of spiraling down into depression, you have the opportunity to see God working in your life. Instead of lashing out in anger, you can be an instrument of God’s love and grace to others. Come, oh God, and let me see Your hand at work in my life! 

2 Corinthians 12:10 “That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NIV)

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Hard Times” and “Deeper With God.” 

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