June 18 Your Strength and Shield

Scripture reading: 2 Cor. 12:7–10

Key verse: 1 Cor. 1:27

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

Every Christian has a weakness, a soft spiritual underbelly. Satan, though not omniscient, is keen on probing for our spiritual chinks and mounting unrelenting assaults. Frequently, we are caught in the vicious and futile circle of failure, repentance, renewed commitment, and repeated relapse. As long as we are kept in this dizzying and frustrating mode, the devil can keep us off balance, taking the loving edge off our relationship with Christ and our effectiveness in His work.

God’s ways, however, are not ours. His solution for our weakness is radically different. Instead of our buckling up our spiritual chin strap one more notch, Christ asks us to admit our weakness and concentrate on His strength. This may sound simple, but it is not simplistic.

Grace saved us from sin, and grace will deliver us. We need Christ’s power, not our own resolve, to defeat our foe and overcome our weakness.

Take your weakness, whatever its nature, to Christ. Do not give up to your problem but give in to Christ, yielding to His Spirit who can fortify your frailty with supernatural grace. You are weak, but He is strong. Jesus is your Strength and your Shield. Lean on His grace.

Jesus, You are my Strength and my Shield. You are the One who can fortify my human frailty with supernatural grace. I lean on You today.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 177). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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