2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)
“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.”
This one is a bit different to the previous ones that I have posted. The part that gets me is the “I delight…” – come on Paul, get a grip!!! Before anyone gets on their high horse, I get the textual nuance, the different possibilities for translation blah blah – it’s the theme over a couple of chapters….but I delight?? Really?
Despite preaching on this portion of scripture quite a lot in recent months, I know that I have a long way to journey……Gods grace being sufficient? That’s in the bag, delighting in weakness, hardship and insult….not as easy a win. Boy, this verse stings, especially when you have to live it out.
Sometimes life sucks, not just a few bad moments but times when numerous bad moments come at once….and keep coming and keep coming, and hope that you have clung to for so long gets dashed again and again. In times like that we Christians can quote all the verses from Scripture, we can give all the life experience stories, share lovely platitudes and share from the ‘giants of faith’ but when life is really low, these things don’t always work. Sometimes you just want the person you are talking to to accept that life sucks and be present with you because meaningless hope is not hope at all and crushes you further. Christians can be a barrier to Jesus.
Thankfully, it is not faith in other believers but faith in Christ that matters. He walks with is, He embraces us and He holds us in the tears and whispers gently, “I will give you rest”. That’s the Saviour that I know and that is why I do not walk away from faith in Christ. I trust Him even in the midst of the storms but sometimes that faith is stretched….thankfully He still holds me and says, “be still, for I am with you.”