IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
A Guest Writer Today: Joanie Yoder
of RBC – Our Daily Bread from her Book, God Alone
2 Corinthians 12 NIV
7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But 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. 10That 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.
It is always a joy to talk to my old college friend Tom and get caught up on what the Lord has been teaching us since we last met.
One time Tom began with a sheepish grin, “You know, I can’t believe how many years it’s taken me to learn my latest lesson – and I’m a Bible Teacher!” He went on to list some of the trials and testings he and his family had been facing and how unworthy he felt teaching an adult Sunday school class. “Week after week I felt I was a total failure,” he confided, “and kept wondering if this might be my last Sunday before announcing my resignation.”
Then on Sunday Tom noticed a young woman who stayed behind to speak to him. She was a friend of his family, so she knew what they had been going through, “Tom,” she said, “I hope you won’t take this the wrong way, but you’re a much better teacher when you’re going through tough times!”
Another sheepish grin crept across Tom’s face as he told me, “Only then did I feel I grasped the Lord’s response to Paul’s thorn in the flesh: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’”
Weakness helps us to relate to others and lets God’s power work in our lives. That may be our greatest asset.
WE MAY FACE SITUATION BEYOND OUR RESERVES, BUT NEVER BEYOND GOD’S RESOURCES.
ABBA, we certainly feel the weakness but we have experienced Your Grace and we know that Your Grace is sufficient; abundantly sufficient for Danny and Tina, Sparkie, and our Sister here before us this morning. Holy Spirit help us pray fervently for these and all these listed here. And whatever You desire to do with IDOK hands and feet to alleviate and aid I pray we will hear Your Call and obey quickly. I pray for Holy Ghost discernment and urgings for all of us in all our situations and circumstances today. Please continue to protect our IDOK Troops today; please continue to have mercy on we the people of America; please continue to stem the tide of evil, particularly in Washington and State Governments and deliver us from sin in the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray. Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 99°F and clear in Balad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 3:30 PM AST on October 16, 2009.