20 Nov Strength in Weakness
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (ESV)
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 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.
God frequently pushes us to the areas where we feel the weakest and most helpless in so that we have no choice but to depend on Him. When we enter an area of ministry or service that we are “skilled” at or feel comfortable in there is a high probability that we will be operating in our own strength and for our own glory.
I was a brand new minister when I learned this lesson. I had just come on staff at my first church as children’s pastor. The executive pastor of the church assigned preaching dates after our pastor had left for another church. Two weeks later I preached my first sermon at that church and only the second sermon of my entire life. There were many more qualified people to preach that sermon. When that Sunday morning rolled around, I learned intimately what nerves and stage fright are all about. I also got a taste of learning what absolute dependence looks like. God blessed, gave me the words, and He got the credit. In my weakness, His strength was seen.
Foster care is foreign territory to many of us. It exists because the world is broken. Sin and the fall of man have led to the need for foster homes and thank God we are seeing Christians answer that call. But when people answer that call, they are stepping into an area of weakness and hardship; an area where they have to be completely dependent on God. I am blessed EVERY DAY to see and serve the people who answer that call and I am allowed to experience how they let God work through the difficult challenges of filling the void for children. Each day we see how God is honored and elevated through the faithful, humble service of foster parents.
God calls all of us to serve and to step out in weakness to depend on Him. I know of no other place where that is more on display than when a godly family opens their hearts and home to a foster child.