Scripture: 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. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV
Observation: Paul is speaking about a mysterious affliction that he has suffered from and how dealing with it has made him strong in Christ.
Application: Paul actually reveled in being afflicted, abused, persecuted, and mistreated. When he was able to withstand all of that before his oppressors he stood as a witness for Christ. That is the attitude I should have and that is so foreign to my character. I’m basically a baby. When I get a chest cold–I know it’s lung cancer. A backache, is kidney disease. My lovely wife is so different from that. She is going through a miserable time in her health life because of her thyroid. She just feels lousy all day and night every day. Yet, she always has a smile on her face and a kind word for people that she meets. To me, that’s a testament of her Christ-like demeanor and calm spirit. When I grow up I want to be just like her, she’s my hero for Christ.
Prayer: Lord, I know that persevering through oppression can be seen as evidence of a Christian attitude. I feel that my Sweetheart exemplifies that attitude daily. I would like for her to not have to feel ill any longer. I’m going to be selfish and ask that you ease her symptoms and allow her to feel better. I also ask that you guide her surgeon’s hand when she has her surgery later this month. I thank you for being her strength so that she can be a testament to others. Thank you Father. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen