Is it true for you, that just when things are going smooth, that God sends some huge disruption into your life? Mine was on Feb. 20, 2021. On the Friday night before that Saturday, I had told Jayme (my wife) that I felt better than I had in years. (This was amazing because I had quite the experience of being in the hospital for 8 days overcoming breathing problems that make it seem like I was going to die.) I couldn’t believe how well I felt. When I woke up Saturday morning and begin to get ready to go to church and preach a funeral, I prepared to get in the shower, when I notice my lymph node on the left side of my neck was severely swollen. Long story short (a story many of you all ready know about) I was diagnosed with stage 4, neck and tonsil cancer. You want to talk about a disruption – that is a disruption.
It’s not the journey that I want to talk with you about, it’s the disruption itself. It’s the interruptions in our lives that often times cause us to completely lose it with God. You want to talk about disrupting your life, treatment for throat cancer is some of the severest treatments that you can undergo. Before we can overcome these moments with the power of God, we have to address the reality that often times these disruptions are actually disruptions sent from God to help us grow in grace and power. 2 Cor. 12:5-12, the apostle Paul shares that Satan was allowed by God to place a thorn upon Paul’s life.
The point is from this thorn, the apostle was to learn a lesson that he passes on to us to learn and count on as we go through the hard times of life: God says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Vs. 9.
First, we must realize that no matter what is going on in your life, God is always in control. God was surprised about my cancer and all that I would go through. No, he was in control to use my weakness to show his power. The secret is our perspective of the situation/disruption that we find ourselves in. Paul pleaded in prayer to have the thorn removed, but God gave him the right perspective in facing this thorn. It’s the perspective that we need to pray about today. How are we looking at our trial, dilemma, our bad situation? Are we looking to see God’s power working in our life, in our weakness, for as long as it takes? Or are we going to complain, run from the problem, get mad at God, etc.? This disruption is an opportunity to see God show his power, don’t miss it by closing your eyes to his working in your darkest moment. Let’s pray that we can be a vessel of weakness so God can do his powerful work in us.
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