“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
According to these verses, God’s grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
How many times have you felt that what you are going through is too much for you to bear?
Howe many times have you thought that you do not have enough strength to carry out what God has given you?
I have many times.
I felt this way after my wife had two miscarriages.
I felt this way when I went on my medical leave in 2007.
I felt this way last summer when we were dealing with the tragic loss of a little girl in our church.
I felt this way when a friend died in a boating accident earlier this year.
These verses remind us that God’s grace will sustain us and keep us through any circumstance.
God doesn’t give us what we can handle; God helps us handle what we are given.
No matter how bad our situation is (or how bad we think it is), we can have peace knowing that we are covered by God’s grace.
What situations have you experienced that have made you feel that what you were going through was too much for you to bear?
RECOMMENDED READING: Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times by John Townsend