In my weakness He is made strong.
I have discovered a lot of my own weaknesses lately. It is no fun. I like to think of myself as relatively strong. If I am honest though, I must confess I am very week. I need help.
Paul was able to boast in his weaknesses because it was an opportunity for God to be glorified through him. In regards to his thorn in the flesh (whatever that might have been) Paul prayed three times for it to be removed, and this is God’s response and Paul's reaction to God’s words:
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I am learning that the power of Christ rests upon me when I am week and go to Him for my strength. I am learning to go to the Lord with thanksgiving for what ever I find myself in. If it is a great trial I know that it means that Jesus is either refining me (1Peter 3:17), rebuking me (Hebrews 12:5-12), or simply desiring to glorify Himself through me as I find my hope only in Him (John 9:3). God does this for His own purposes and for His own glory.
Job looked back on his own experience in suffering and had some surprising words to say. After all that he went through we find him repenting of his own words, even in the midst of such suffering. Job 42:1-6 “Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted....Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know...I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
How can we go through trials that come from the hand of God, for His own purpose in our lives, and yet be able to trust in Him still? Matthew 12:20-21 “a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope." God did not destroy Paul. He did not utterly shipwreck Job. He had a very good plan and purpose all along for both of these men. It was to show Himself off as great. He has that same plan today for the likes of you and me. You see, Jesus is a God who will not ever leave us nor forsake us.
He can do this because He suffered the greatest pains that any one person could ever suffer, at the Hand of God (Isaiah 53:10) and He did this all for the joy that was set before Him. That joy was doing the Father's will, in glorifying His name by redeeming His people from their sins. So He can be tender even in the toughest times of our lives, even when He allows difficulty to come into our lives, because He endured the greatest difficulty of all, bearing the wrath of God for our sins.
We can trust Him because He is a faithful creator. He knows what He is doing far better than we do. We are week, admit it and trust Him to strengthen you by His Holy Spirit. You are capable of far more than you can possibly think as you depend on Christ to uphold you and empower you. We are ignorant, admit it and stand on His promises. He who begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. I don't need to know all of the details. I just need to know Him and that He knows what He is doing. He will not fail.
Jude 1:24-25 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
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