Monday, 11 March 2019
To be vulnerable is to be exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. A vulnerable person is one who is in need of special care, support, or protection because of age, disability, or risk of abuse or neglect.
In 1999, I turned to God when I was helpless. At the darkest period of my life, I ‘grabbed’ what I thought was the only ‘straw.’ God was full of grace and compassion. The ‘straw’ became His Hand of provision and protection. I trust in Him. Even though I cannot see Him, I can ‘see’ Him. Even though He doesn’t speak in an audible voice, I can ‘hear’ Him. Even though He is not living in my home, I know He lives in me. He goes where I go. He listens even when I’m not speaking. He knows things that I do not know, things about myself – past, present and future. He is my Good Good Father.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But He 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul’s openness and transparency is something we ought to learn. God’s grace is all that we need and at times of vulnerability, we shall remember these words: “My grace is sufficient for you.”
We are constantly fighting a battle with the powers of darkness. How can we resist the temptation to sin? The only way is to live with Christ by the power of God. Without Christ, we can do absolutely nothing no matter how hard we try (John 15:5).
Dear Father God,
Apostle Paul encountered Christ on the road to Damascus. He was ‘instantly changed.’ It was his change of heart. It sets the direction for him to live for Christ, with Christ, in Christ. He was enlightened by an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Father, I pray for everyone who does not have an encounter with Christ to have an encounter that will change their hearts. The next steps will be ordered by You.
From time to time, I feel like a jar of clay and getting cracks in it. I feel vulnerable but I get much comfort and encouragement when I remember Paul’s words: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power BELONGS TO GOD and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Indeed, we are jars of clay with cracks, not like our Lord Jesus who lives a perfect life. And yet it is Your Will that He should die for our salvation. Today, He lives in us. The shell / tent / physical body that we live in will grow old and die, but the spirit within us will never die. That is Your Promise, O God of creation!
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM. (John 3:16-17) Amen! Glory To God!
Lam Yee Ling