Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lamentations 1:17-22
Psalms 6, 12, 94
2 Corinthians 1:8-22
Mark 11:27-33

I really enjoy the 2 Corinthians 1:8-22 reading today. Particularly the first part of the reading, 2 Corinthians 1:8-10, where Paul assures the Corinthians of his affection for them, in spite of his delayed visit. Whatever the Corinthians had heard, Paul had actually been in great hardship while ministering in modern-day Turkey. We know he endured riots, vicious attacks, imprisonment, and physical illness. The problems had been so great that Paul had "despaired even of life," losing hope that he would survive, "felt the sentence of death." Paul almost succumbed to defeat.

However, Paul overcame this hardship and continued his ministry. How?

Paul reflected on these past events and realized that he "might not rely on himself but on God." Paul learned that he could not be self-reliant. Only when circumstances had exceeded his own ability had Paul learned to rely on God.

I feel this is a great lesson for all of us. When life is easy we often depend on our own skills and abilities. It is easy to fall into the trap of only turning to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. Today's reading reminds me, and I hope you, that God is the source of all power, and we receive His help by keeping in touch with him. We need this attitude of dependence so problems will drive us to God and not away from Him.

Let’s remember to have faith in God to get us through our trials. Genuine faith has great potential!

Wishing you a powerful Lenten Season.

--RPL

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