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"Strength -- Weakness"

October 2, 2003

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"My power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

What child has not called to his father, "Come and help me!" It may be to move a rock or to tighten a nut on a bicycle axle or to carry a picnic basket. The child has tested his own strength and found it to be lacking. He could not do what he wanted to do. Therefore he calls for someone who is stronger than he is to do it for him.

What a contrast when Dad's big hands get under the rock or on the business end of a wrench! His strength is shown for what it is in contrast to the weakness of his child.

We who are children of God frequently find ourselves in situations where weakness hinders our progress. "I wish I had a stronger faith," or "I hope I will be strong enough to resist" are confessions of weakness. Christians pray to God, their heavenly Father, to come and help, to get under their burdens and lift them, to meet the threats of Satan and defeat them. As this happens, the strength and power of God is shown, and we praise Him for it. What we could never have done, God has done in Jesus Christ, His mighty Son. Sin saps our strength, and we are weak and heavy laden. But strength and love pour down from the cross and into our lives. The power of our Lord's death and resurrection rescues, strengthens, and saves us.

PRAYER: Our Father in heaven ... the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 53-55    Romans 10

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