| But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness…” That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I am sure we can all quote part, if not all, of these verses by heart, and there is an amazing message in them. Years ago, I went through a period when I felt lost. I was overwhelmed with school and work. I couldn’t eat or sleep and I barely prayed. I was constantly tired and I felt so lonely and spiritually weak. I did not know what to do with myself during this time. My pride did not allow me to talk to anyone about it, and my shame would not allow me to ask God for help. What was I to do? Where was I to turn?
Though I did not turn to God as quickly as I should have, I eventually did. With trembling hands and a hopeful heart, I turned to God for help, and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 was the response He gave to me. God actually took pleasure in my state! He delighted in my broken spirit because it allowed Him to freely work in me. His power was made perfect in my weakness. My tribulation brought out the greater strength of God in me. Through my experience, God revealed things to me about myself that I never realized. He taught me how to overcome, and He strengthened me spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Mine was indeed a tale of His amazing grace.
I hope my little testimony will in some way give you hope so that you might be encouraged even in your weaknesses and tribulations; knowing that God can reveal His glory and strength in your lives. He longs to show us the extent of His power at work in our lives. So brethren, instead of throwing a pity party when you face trials of many kinds, why don't you turn to God and watch Him work miracles through your situation? Begin to enjoy the grace of God and see how sufficient it really is. Allow God’s power be made perfect in you today!
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Great tribulation brings out the great strength of God. If you never feel inward conflicts and sinking of soul, you do not know much of the upholding power of God; but if you go down, down, into the depths of soul-anguish till the deep threatens to shut her mouth upon you, and then the Lord rides upon a cherub and does fly, yea, rides upon the wings of the wind and delivers your soul, and catches you away to the third heaven of delight, then you perceive the majesty of divine grace. Oh, there must be the weakness of man, felt, recognized, and mourned over, or else the strength of the Son of God will never be perfected in us.” (Spurgeon)
Grace and peace be with you.
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