Chapel – 4/27/20
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” — 2 Corinthians 12: 8-9
The apostle Paul suffered from some sort of challenge – many Bible scholars believe it to have been a physical illness or disability. Whatever it was, it was significant and in Paul’s mind, a hindrance to his work; so significant that he tells us he “pleaded” with God to take it away. Seems like we’ve been doing our own bit of pleading lately, asking God time and again to make this virus go away. And the answer Paul received is the same answer we receive today. God’s grace in our lives is sufficient to help us through anything, and in our weakest moments His strength, power, and love can be most evident to us and those we love. So next time you’re exhausted from pleading, and are feeling at your weakest, look around for the power of God at work around you. He promises it will be there.
GOOD AND GRACIOUS GOD, thank you for supplying all we need, each day, in the moment, to carry on. We feel weak, Lord, and we will continue to plead with you to make this virus go away, protect us, our families, and those we serve. We feel helpless and weak in all this. Thank you for reminding us that it is your grace that will carry us through. And when we are out of energy and don’t think we can go on, you show up with your promised strength and power, turning our focus from our weaknesses to your might. Bless us as we work to serve your people this day, so that your love might be evident to all. AMEN.
Watch: Rescue, by Lauren Daigle
Contributed by: Pastor Michael Stahl