“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 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.”
II Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV
I dream a lot. Often I appear in my dreams as a younger, more vital self, running up stairs, and walking long distances. There are no pains, none of the things that slow me today. I enjoy those dreams until my waking moments bring me back into the realities of my life. I am growing old. Try as I might to live in denial, I see the encroaching gray hair and white stubble on my face.
I have infirmity and increasing inability to do the things I gloried in. From a spiritual standpoint, the trend is reverse. I mature, I grow closer to God and more and more it becomes easy to resist the temptations that used to buffet me. Sadly, there are still things that I have yet to overcome. I plead with the Lord to take those things away, but still they remain.
Paul was in that situation. He was given a thorn in the flesh. There is much speculation as to what it was. I have heard everything from problems with his eyes to a struggle with lust. Regardless of what it was, it is something he wanted to be free of, that he more effectively share the Gospel. In his struggle, he encountered the grace of God.
Through my struggle, physical and spiritual, I have found that God’s grace is more than sufficient. I all too often feel defeated by the things that limit my offering to Jesus. I so desire to give Him more. Then He reminds me that I am His child, one bought by His blood shed on the cross.
In those moments, He visits me. It might be His presence in the midst of my prayers, the way His word strikes my heart, or just the right worship song when in need it, or a little illumination as I happen on a Scripture that I had scanned over many times, suddenly become fresh and much more clear.
He has shown me the power of prayer. I am blown away by all the answers that are reported to me. I marvel as I see the some of the people I am praying for first hand, and how God has revealed to me what He is doing. There is great joy in the being a praying saint.
Believers, if you are struggling, failing, dealing with physical infirmity, or lingering sin and you feel like you are doomed, take heart. God’s grace is sufficient. He is there to carry you. He will give you the strength to overcome. One must surrender it to the Lord. The weakness becomes strength.
We can see that the world we live in is increasing in darkness. I have learned that all of the things that we are allowing ourselves to distracted by are from the devil. He is a liar. He is the original conspiracy writer. Do not let yourselves be drawn away worrying about masks, miracle drugs or any other thing one can imagine. The battle is coming, and many of the skirmishes are already happening. It is all hands on deck.
God’s grace is sufficient. He has abundance. I rejoice and boast in my infirmities, so the Gospel can go forth. I know if I was healthy, my efforts would be for the flesh and not sowing to the spirit. God has focused me, and narrowed my vision so that I bring glory to Him. I have learned that God is great in the valley and in the struggle. In my weakness, I am strong.
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