Senior Pastor’s Devotional
21 July 2020 | Recovery Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Cor. 12:9
How many of us are aware that your area of weakness can also become your area of strength? How?
A good example is when you have gone through a sickness. You succeeded in battling in. Now, you live to tell others how you overcame it – not by theory but by your personal experience and that is powerful!
“God is not only working to heal you, but to heal others through you, to make you what Henri Nouwen called a ‘wounded healer.’
“Such healing doesn’t happen through the man or woman who has all the answers. It happens through the man or woman who understands pain and grace. ‘For a deep understanding of his own pain makes it possible for the [wounded healer] to convert his weaknesses into strength and to offer his experience as a source of healing to those who are often lost in the darkness of their own misunderstood suffering.’ (Henri Nouwen)
The same is true of our ‘bad experiences” —where we have been hurt, have fallen or failed. When we bring these to Christ for his healing, his strength is then made perfect in and through our weaknesses. We then minister to others through experience. Others are helped, not through our brilliant logic or persuasive speech, but through the sharing of our struggles, and how, with God’s help, we have overcome. It is a case of one beggar showing other beggars where to find bread. This is why the Apostle Paul could say, “for God’s power is made perfect in weakness.”
May our weakness become the strength that God will develop in us.
Pr Lawrence Yap.