Friday, October, 7, 2016 | 6:22 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2: 12 - 17
There is a lot going on in these six verses. The key is Paul’s exclamation and proclamation in verse 14. “But thank God!” The faith of Paul is evident throughout all of his writing. But the foundation of it is found in his relationship with God. He sees God’s hand is all that he does and encounters.
As I write this, there is a storm named Matthew churning off the East Coast of Florida. This storm is currently a Category 4 hurricane and has already taken lives. Do I believe that God will use this storm for good? Yes! Unequivocally, He will!! God has always created out of chaos (see the book of Genesis.) Unfortunately, that does not mean that people will not die or be hurt. Why is that? Simply put, not everyone knows God and some of them have already made their choice to not believe. This is what Paul is talking about in verse 16.
This conquering faith, that Paul is an example of, is central to who we are in Christ. It is grounded in trust and it navigates our lives through the trials, tribulations and storms of our lives. Exercising this faith will transform our lives and how our friends and family perceive us.
What this comes down to is Who do you say God is? Who do you say Jesus is? Who do you say The Holy Spirit is? Who do you say The Trinity is? What do you believe? Have you ever read Joshua 24: 14 – 15 as though Joshua were speaking to you? Do you believe that what we call miracles are the work of God? Or do you look for a scientific explanation? I think it is somewhat peculiar in our culture – as a people, we love to supersize our drinks and our fries; yet, we try to make God something portable and we end up diminishing Who He is. He is not less. He is more than I can imagine, more than overwhelming for all that He does. He is Creator. He is Savior. He is our Counselor. He is our Provider. Allow Him to overwhelm you so that you surrender to His Holiness.