From Pastor’s Desk: 7-2-17
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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.
Weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties? Aren’t these the things in life that we try very hard to keep from happening and or becoming involved in? Yet Paul says he delights in them.
One would have to know that Paul had reached a point in his life that the most important, most significant, and most highly desired was the anointing of God. Seems almost contradictory, doesn’t it? To think that one must endure all things listed above to have the anointing of God! Maybe because Paul had long since realized that sets of circumstances, situations, relationships with others, and things within the “suffering” realm were not the criteria for the anointing, but rather, came along with the anointing.
For instance, for every direction in which God leads, there will be multiple false directions with which the devil will entice you. Most, if not all, of those false directions will seem to be much more lucrative, more attractive, less burdensome, and so much easier to travel. The only problem with those is that there is no peace when considering them. The one in which God may be leading may very well include all those things Paul listed. Just to think, the one with insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties is the one, and the only one, in which you will find the true peace of God.
You won’t feel strong enough, smart enough, or equipped to take on all that God is leading you into. But remember, if God has brought you to it, He’ll bring you through it! Within yourself, you are definitely not strong enough, smart enough, or equipped. But, God is still Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Infallible, and Immutable. He is still the Eternal, Self-existent Jehovah that can work all things for good to them who love Him and are called according to His purpose (SEE Rom. 8:28).
Indeed, in those words that God spoke to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” Paul received enough confirmation and affirmation to continue in spite of his “Thorn in the flesh.” In those words were the strength to fight “the good fight, finish the course, and keep the faith (SEE 2Timothy 4:7).
Feeling weak today? Join the crowd of those who are weary from battle. Know that there are those currently feeling what you’re feeling. But also know “…we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…” (Heb.12:1).
Those heroes of faith came to realize even before Paul realized it, that God’s strength was made perfect in their weaknesses and made a way where there seemed to no way, and brought them through to the end, victorious in Christ Jesus as that strength flowed through their veins. They knew, as Paul came to know, that He “…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” (Eph.3:20).