Lent: Day 16

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Sovereign Over Us

There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us When beyond our understanding, You're teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us You're with us in the fire and the flood Faithful forever, Perfect in love You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight

Even what the enemy means for evil You turn it for our good, You turn it for our good and for your glory Even in the valley You are faithful Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory

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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Most of us are hyper aware of our weaknesses. The flaws of character that regularly trip us up. They cause us great regret and guilt. We wish we could erase them. Yet God doesn’t seem to share our desire to make us flawless. He could make us perfect in an instant, but doesn’t. And He does transform us in so many ways, so why not just finish the job? It is because in our weakness His power is made perfect. Leonard Cohen sums it up best with the lyric: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

HOLY SPIRIT, I trust You to do everything You need to do in my life. Help me to find contentment in You alone and not in pursuit of perfection.