Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Rock So Heavy

"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." (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Could God make a rock so heavy that He Himself could not lift it? We've all heard that question before. We've all probably asked it at one time or another, or at least pondered it. I know I have. Why, it even has its own officially mysterious name: the omnipotence paradox. What we're really asking with that infamous philosophical quandary is, “Is God so powerful that He can limit His own power?” 

Yes. Yes, He is. He did. He died.

Once Christ took on human form, fully God and fully man, there were a whole bunch of rocks all over the place that He couldn't lift. But when we ask that question, we picture this giant rock floating around in space, dwarfing everything around it—even God—that no one can ever move. We're picturing it wrong.

Yes, the Son of God made Himself so weak that He couldn't lift boulders, but that didn't limit His power. On the contrary, His decision to limit Himself unto death made His power manifest so that the entire world shook to its very core. (Matthew 27:45-56)

That fact leads me to believe that maybe the limitations He gives us—physically, financially or what-else-have-you—aren't so limiting after all. The ability to lift giant rocks was never important, and neither are any of the things my illness keeps me from doing. Sure, it keeps me from doing things I like, and even things I would mistakenly deem as necessary, but it doesn't keep me from God. In fact, I think it might have brought me a bit closer to Him. Eventually.

Limitations getting to you? Stop picturing strength as the ability to lift rocks and remember: Jesus could have saved Himself. He didn't. He saved us instead. Some call that weak. We know it's power.

Suggested verse to repeat if it's a difficult day is from 2 Corinthians 12:9a
PRC buddies, remember to breathe!
“My power is made perfect -------> 5 count inhale
in weakness.” -------> 5 count exhale

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