Meditate with Power!
2 Corinthians 12:9 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Meditate on God’s Word! Is it possible that God allows infirmities in our lives so that we do not become proud and forget that it is God and the power of the living Christ within us that gives us victory in life? This is exactly what happened to the Apostle Paul. But Jesus 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 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. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Paul would write about enduring hardships so that he could be a good example of God’s grace, not his own strength. We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger. 2 Corinthians 6:3-5 Paul could have achieved great wealth but he instead found his wealth in sharing the riches of knowing Jesus Christ and enduring suffering the way that Jesus did for us. But he was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6
So perhaps as Paul spent time with Jesus before he began his ministry and saw the nail pierced hands of Jesus, the scars from the scourging and His side pierced by the spear as Jesus hung on the cross, he was transformed by the pain and suffering that Jesus endured for us. His time with Jesus transformed him into a man who could say after all of these hardships. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 As we enter into this Lent season let us take a moment to reflect on the suffering that Jesus endured for all mankind and may Christ’s power truly transform us from the inside out!