Today I’m thinking about the message I shared yesterday at CityView Pearland. I was tired, was up all night Friday Night, and was exhausted when I woke up on Sunday. I felt off before preaching, I didn’t feel cohesive in my thoughts and forgot several of the illustrations and applications I was planning to share. I felt it during the message and felt directly afterwards like I’d blown it.
- A couple visiting said they were so glad they were there and were going to go discuss the message right now because it hit them so powerfully.
- Another member, almost always sparing in praise, grabbed me afterwards and said “strong work man, that was a good message”.
- At life group 2 families said they got a ton out of the message, that it was filled with “nuggets”.
- Our Empty Nester life group meets after church for lunch together, they shared how much the message impacted them.
I felt weak, but so much of what I’ve learned in preparing for this series in Judges is that God works in our weakness and through our weaknesses, not through our strength. These verses have been resounding in my head the last several weeks and have never been truer for me.
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1.27, 31 ESV)
I can’t brag about how great a preacher I am, but I can brag about how great a God I serve.