My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
This week I had my theological interview. This is an hour long, oral exam given by two professors and a commissioned deaconess. The purpose of this exam is for the deaconess student or pastor to demonstrate how the Lord has grown them as a student and their ability to speak about important theological concepts.
Would you be nervous? I was. I even shed a few tears of terror mixed with excitement. The time I could think of that felt most similar were the hours before Brennan and I got married. My prayer the entire morning before was this: Thank you, Lord for bringing me here. It is going to have to be you that speaks through me if I’m meant to pass this.
As I was praying these words, the verse from 2 Corinthians came to mind.
But, something else interesting that the Holy Spirit revealed to me during that moment was this:
My grace is sufficient for you. When you are feeling strong as a student, it is by my grace that everything you are able to express, write, and speak of occurs.
My grace is sufficient for you. When you are feeling weak as a student, it is by my grace that everything you are able to express, write, and speak of occurs.
Right now we are all living in unprecedented times. We are isolated and living with uncertainty. It is by my grace that everything occurs. Rest in me. Rest in this grace. Let my grace remind you, through the trustworthy words I have given you in my word, of my truth when your eyes, heart, and mind or other people want you to believe something else is true.
His grace carried me through my oral exam and I was offered congratulations by my future colleagues in ministry pending my graduation this summer. Thanks be to Christ! I know many of you were praying with me and I am so thankful for you.
Whose truth are you listening to today? How can the Lord meet you with His grace and trustworthy words today?