Exodus 24; John 3; Job 42; 2 Corinthians 12: Proverbs 13
John 3:16-17 is certainly one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Whenever I read it I am filled with hope, no matter what is going on in my world. It just puts things into perspective,
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (NASB) Here too I see what it means to follow the example we have in Christ, who came not to judge the world but to save it.
Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians are also on my mind today, that he “will not boast except in regard to my weakness.” Which leads to another very familiar verse, “And He [the Lord] has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12: 9-10, NASB)
It is so much easier to judge the world than to be content when it insults us. Paul does not use his weaknesses as an excuse to not serve the Lord, but rather as the opportunity to let the light of Christ shine through his weakness-in that way all glory-all boasting-belongs to God. My weaknesses should not keep me from serving the Lord, but propel me on to good works in the name of the Lord.
Grace, peace, and mercy,