Adapted from a devotional I shared with the NE Presbyterian Church Women’s Ministry Board of Directors Meeting 1/4/17, on the eve of my first chemo treatment of this second cancer diagnosis
From the start of this second cancer journey, I’ve called it our “divine adventure”. This second diagnosis is not a surprise to God. Before I was born, every day of my life was written before I lived even one day (Psalm 139:16). He’s written this journey, and I am choosing the attitude that although I would never choose this, I’m going to believe that GOD IS IN IT. I’m going to watch for Him; watch for those glimpses of His face through the valley. Although I don’t believe He caused the cancer, He has allowed he cancer for His purposes—some of which we may never know, some He has been glad to reveal.
God is bigger than cancer, and my God is big enough to use cancer for His purpose. What Satan means to steal, kill, and destroy, God will use it for my good and His glory. (Genesis 50:20)
Although there are difficult moments, even difficult days (and many difficult days ahead), God has, by His grace, allowed me to see these truths through eyes of faith. He’s done it – He’s the hero, not me.
Tomorrow I start chemo again.
Weakness is something I became very well acquainted with during my last cancer journey. Going through chemo took me to the end of myself in every way. Although I know God could totally spare me from those horrific side effects this go-round, I’m praying both with faith and with open hands. Often He does not deliver us from the worst, but gives us grace right through the middle of it.
This afternoon, in anticipation of a meeting with the Women’s Board of Directors (of which I feel COMPLETELY inadequate to lead at the moment), I spent some time in 2 Corinthians 12:9-11.
Here, Paul describes a weakness; a “thorn in his flesh”:
“But he (the Lord) 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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.”
After praying through this verse, and unpacking it bit by bit, it occurred to me that what we (our family, our Women’s Ministry at NEPC, our church, myself) — what we are facing here is a
Let me explain by unpacking this scripture:
- In weakness, God’s grace is SUFFICIENT.
This word “sufficient” means strong enough. In our weakness, God’s grace is strong enough to accomplish whatever it is that He is calling us to accomplish that hour, that day, that year, and in our lives.
2. In weakness, God’s power is MADE PERFECT.
The word “made perfect” means accomplished. His power becomes complete in OUR weakness. Our weakness is necessary for His power to be accomplished.
3. In weakness we can BOAST.
The word boast is not one we use frequently. This word means we can GLORY in our weakness, or we can rejoice in our weakness. How? Why? ……..
4. because In weakness the power of Christ may rest upon me.
This is they key — our weakness allows the power of Christ to rest upon us.
Our weakness doesn’t cancel His power – it is the CATALYST for His power.
This is it –that in weakness, this is our divine opportunity to allow the power of the risen Christ to rest upon us all the more.
It’s the upside down method that God accomplishes His kingdom purposes. Through the least likely, the least powerful; His unexpected way.
It reminds us that GOD is the hero. Not us.
Are you feeling weak – physically, emotionally, mentally?
If you answered yes, what you have is a DIVINE OPPORTUNITY.
Let’s watch as His power rests on us, in our weakness and He gets the glory, as His purposes are accomplished in our lives, in our churches, in this generation.
To God be the glory, great things He has done….great things He will do!