Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 24, 2019
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Revelation 3:8 (NIV)
So often I find myself feeling like one with “little strength”. The weight of life and complexities of work, marriage, and parenthood are ever present. Even when everything seems to be going our way and as it should be, we are still mindful of the frailty of life and fleeting nature of our health and vitality. And yet, these ancient words from Revelation 3 remind us of two beautiful truths: the LORD is strong when we are weak, and even in our weakness we are still able to be faithful.
The heart of the Christian faith is found at the intersection of our brokenness and God’s goodness, mercy, and love. As Paul reminds us in Romans 5, “At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). In his death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus opens a door that can never be shut. It is a door that leads to life eternal, to life as God intended it to be lived, in perfect communion with him. And though we are weak and frail, the Lord forever holds this door open to us, inviting us to enter and there find rest for our weary souls.
Though life’s journey will always be affected by the sin and brokenness in our world and own hearts, we still receive the renewing presence of God through his Holy Spirit, a power that allowed John to write centuries ago, “You have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). What was true of this early church can be true of you and I today! Though we are weak and have little strength, the Spirit of God still gives us the boldness and courage to keep his word and lift high the name of Jesus.
Faithfulness in our weakness is something each and every Christian is called to. It’s an invitation from God that each of us can respond to with a resounding “yes”! You don’t have to have wealth and resources to seek justice and love mercy. You don’t have to be strong, healthy, and mobile to lift up the world to the LORD in prayer. You don’t have to have a position of great influence at work in order to participate in the work of God’s kingdom.
Whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in today, the LORD continues to hold the door of life open before you, and will give you the courage to follow him in holiness and truth.
Father, remind us that in our weakness we see your strength at work in our lives and in the lives of those we love, we pray through Christ our Lord, amen.
What weakness have you used as an excuse to keep you from faithful, fruitful service in the Kingdom of God?
The heart of the Christian faith is found at the intersection of our brokenness and God’s goodness, mercy, and love. #wisdomhunters #strength
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