Harry R. Jackson Jr. is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in suburban Washington, D.C., and is presiding bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches. He has appeared on numerous news programs and media outlets including the CBS Nightly News, Face the Nation, FOX, CNN, and NPR. This week's readings are reprinted from You Were Born for More by Harry R. Jackson Jr.
What he Said … It Wasn't Me
It is only natural to want to be seen as strong and capable. But some of my most fulfilling experiences have come not through skill or strength but through weakness.
Let me give an example from my struggle with cancer. During some of the roughest days of chemotherapy treatments, I had been invited to CNN for a TV interview. There were important things I wanted to discuss, but on my way to the interview I was exhausted and unable to speak.
As we were parking outside the studios, I started coughing uncontrollably. I remember getting out of the van and praying, "Lord, I stand in my weakness. May you stand in your strength."
Fortunately, God heard my prayer. My physical symptoms subsided. God gave me the strength I needed, and I was able to say what I needed to say. It came off very well, but the honor belonged not to me but to God. What I was living out was the principle that Paul was declaring [in 2 Corinthians 12:5]: "I will not boast, except in my infirmities" (NKJV).
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Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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