Strength Not My Own
In John 6 after saying some pretty tough things and losing many followers, Jesus turns to his 12 disciples and says, You do not want to leave too, do you? In Luke chapter 7, after John the Baptist had announced the coming of the Messiah and landed in prison, he questioned, Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?
Sometimes I’m tempted to bolt. Sometimes I question. Specifically, for me, there have been times when Chris’ work situations have been bad and relationships have been tough. I’ve told God over the job stuff if this is what you want from me, then maybe I just want out. And with the relationships this is obviously not the way you intended this to turn out. My faith is weak, and I know in those times I can’t continue to follow a God who wants all of me. But, then I’m reminded that it’s not in my own strength that I must follow. It’s not in my own strength that I obey.
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. 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. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
You are not saved because of the quality of your faith but the object of your faith. Tim Keller