But [God] 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. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
Sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes I want to blog, to write something encouraging; my heart wants to express things but I get tired from the mental work and the things that pull at me and chip at me. None of it is overwhelming, individually, but collectively it can be wit-dulling and energy-sapping.
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” Luke 21:34 ESV
Jesus’ admonition for His disciples is important for us today.
We are locked in battle with being more powerful and knowledgeable than we. Their experience is many lifetimes longer than ours and yet it is through the power of Jesus’ name and His Holy Spirit that we fight. We encourage one another with testimony, telling of what He promises and how He delivers. It is through prayer and walking in the Spirit that we endure and work for His kingdom.
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (NASB – sent from CadreBible)
I’m trying to have & demonstrate more patience & love. There are numerous passages but this one had escaped my recognition until I re-read it again this morning. How great a picture of the attitude I should have: “… with perseverance … wait[ing] eagerly ….”
I suppose “… with frustration … stomping my feet and whining ….” probably isn’t analogous.