Personal peace comes when we accept our life-circumstances. Jesus meets us where we are and takes us from there to, ultimately, His place.
23 “For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,”
Jesus gave us some “insider information” in John 9. Let’s look at it:
1 As he [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
In the rest of the chapter, Jesus heals him in a unique fashion; the man gives testimony to the people who knew him and then to the Pharisees. In the end, he worships Jesus and follows Him as a disciple. Neat story.
I see two things in this passage:
- Things happen. The “why” is not the important part. Virtually everything is a consequence of something. Most of the time, God works within the natural flow of this world and people’s decisions. He is much more interested in having a relationship with us than He is making us comfortable.
- God wants to work a mighty work in each of us. He wants to display His power in our lives. The problem comes when we try to tell God how to manifest His power. It’s part of our arrogance. If we would allow God to take us as we are, where we are, we would find that His Presence and Participation in our lives TRANSFORMS our present circumstances without having to change them.
The Apostle Paul had this conversation with the Lord concerning a certain “thorn in his flesh.” Paul prayed three times asking Him to remove it, but Jesus told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9. How can His power be made perfect in my weakness? Aren’t I supposed to be strong, confident, and courageous for Him to use me? Hardly! In fact, quite the opposite. If we are prisms and we try to produce our own light, we fail. But, if we become transparent, then Christ’s light shines through us in beautiful colors. We need to learn to be transparent.
Paul’s response: Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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 Cor. 12:9b-10.
Let’s thank God for our circumstances, that He meets us in those circumstances, whether they are of our own making or not, and transforms them for His glory. Jesus wants a personal, on-going, transformational relationship with us. Let’s be as transparent with Him as we can be, thus allowing as much of Him as we can to shine THROUGH us to those around us.
Want to be beautiful? Allow Christ to shine through you.