We can cut off the fuel supply to our joy-hating pride by celebrating God’s sufficient grace, boasting all the more gladly in our weakness so the power of Christ rests on us (2 Cor. 12:9-10
). And by serving with the strength that God supplies so that God gets the glory through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 4:11
). And by relying not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Cor. 1:9
). There is deep joy and contentment to be had when we rest in the Lord, a God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6
). Our inadequacy, weakness, and frailty give us cause to rejoice in the mercy of God who sustains our lives.