Christian Living
Detours
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Feb 6, 2019
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

There are four primary detours that throw us off course in our Christian walk. They are designed by the enemy to keep us restless and to steal our peace and joy. Today we will look at the first detour: an unwillingness to confront our weaknesses.

If we find that God's grace is not sufficient for us, then that insufficiency is signaling a problem.

We all have weaknesses that cause us pain. We may have a physical weakness that has led us to depression. We may have a moral weakness that leads us into sin. We may have a character flaw or a lack of spiritual discipline. Whatever our weaknesses are—whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual—they can lead to discontentment if we do not apply God's grace to those areas.

Paul wrote, "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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

If we find that God's grace is not sufficient for us, then that insufficiency is signaling a problem. Either we are focusing too much on the problem itself and not on God's grace, or we are ignoring our weaknesses altogether. As Paul explains, the secret to dealing with weaknesses is to trust in God's grace, allowing Him to give us victory in those areas.

Prayer: Father, I recognize that I have weaknesses and that I am in need of Your grace. I know that Your grace is sufficient and that You will give me victory as I trust You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin" (Hebrews 4:15).