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The Weak-End!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. (His thorn in the flesh). But He 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 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."

Did you think I made an error in spelling in the title of today's E-Votional? I can just hear someone saying. "It should be "week-end!"  Pastor Cecil really missed on that one!" Sorry, Charlie! I intended to spell it---WEAK-END.
Sometimes when we come to the end of the week, we collapse for a couple of days before returning to work on Monday morning. The activities on our days of rest are intended to refresh, restore, and prepare us for another week in the rat-race. Do we really experience rest?
Think of the number of times you could hardly wait for the week-end to end, so you could return to work and rest up. The yard work, house maintenance projects, strenuous sporting endeavors would leave you a quivering bowl of Jell-O. 
Starting a new week is a wonderful time to consider the weak-end.  It sounds crazy, but God delights in operating opposite to human reasoning. God does things His way and in His timing. We may never understand how or why, but simply trust Him to do what we are never capable of doing ourselves.

In Luke 6:38, Jesus taught the principle of giving to the Lord. "Give, and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." Do I understand that? Absolutely not!  In fact it seems just the opposite of human reasoning. But God does not do things just so I will understand them. Faith demands that I choose to believe without understanding.

In my mind, the more you keep, the more you have. But we have seen and practiced across the years, that when we give to the Lord first, money seems to come from unexpected sources.
I remember back in the 60's, I was leading a men's Bible study breakfast. One of the men in our group was in dire financial need.  The man was on the verge of bankruptcy. I suggested that we demonstrate our love by giving a significant offering. When we passed a Bible around to place money on, several hundred dollars was raised.
The man who had the need was stunned by the love these brothers in Christ had shown to him. He said it was not enough to hardly scratch the surface of his debt, but I urged him to start giving to God and allow the Lord to work a miracle. In less than one year the man was completely out of debt!
There was a side story that took place that morning. One of the men came up to me after the meeting and said that he had a $50 bill he wanted to give. He related that it was hidden in the freezer. I guess my mouth dropped open, as he quickly explained that he had saved here and there until he was able to have a $50 bill. He had planned to have a fancy hair style done later that week.
He took the money "off ice" and gave it to the needy brother. I suddenly thought to have him pay close attention to what would happen. He had given "as unto the Lord", and if Luke 6:38 was true, he should see results. Within two weeks, something like $200 came in from unexpected sources. Wow!
So, when we read what Paul has to say about human weakness, it again is a paradox. It is when we are weak that we become strong. The less energy, stamina, health, muscle tone, endurance, power, drive - - - whatever, the more God's power comes into play. Do we understand it? No! Do we need to understand it?  No! We only need to yield to Him.
Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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