May 29, 2019·tcotw
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9
The power behind the Lord’s grace always leaves me in awe. For His love and grace surpass anything I’ve ever experienced. Paul clearly states in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
The power behind Paul’s faith is transformative. It’s this faith that many of us fail to call upon in times of hardship and mental or physical captivities. We all believe we hold a measurable faith, but it’s when we’re presented with hardships, such as Paul stated, that we tend to forget the power of our faith and fall captive to anguish.
Not to say we all haven’t fallen to the worries of life. I’ve often caught myself losing sleep over a doctor’s appointment, finances, family, etc. It’s when the anguishes of life fall heavy on my heart, that I recall one of my favorite biblical truths, “For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God” (2 Corinthians 13:4).
No anguish will cause us to cease serving a living God. That’s why the truth of God’s sovereign grace is so precious in the midst of hardship. It’s in our weakest moments that the Lord’s grace makes us stronger.
I encourage you to let God be God in all. The deepest need that you and I have in weakness and adversity is not quick relief (although that’s our first desire), but the confidence and faith that what we’re going through is part of the greatest purpose of God in us, the glorification of the grace and power of His Son.