You Are Stronger Than You Think

“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.”

2 Corinthians 12:10  


You can do hard things, loved one, whether you believe it or not. Reading Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth we find a great lesson on how we too can grow through difficult trials in life by studying how the apostle Paul himself responded to situations that were beyond his control. In 2 Corinthians 12 the apostle Paul writes about an experience he had being caught up into Paradise that was so amazing he says that the way the Lord determined to keep him from boasting too much he was given a thorn in his flesh to keep him in check. We don’t know what type of thorn it was and that is good for you and me as each of us can relate on some level since we all have to deal with pain in some way, shape, or form at some point in our lives.  

We do know the apostle Paul prayed three times that the Lord would take his thorn from his life and yet in the end the Lord chose not to remove it but to provide for the apostle something that would ensure he would make it through the pain and come out on the other side with a deeper faith. God gave the apostle Paul what He has promised to give you and me too, grace.

Grace doesn’t make things easy, only possible. God’s grace was sufficient for the apostle Paul then just as it is sufficient for me and you today. How did the apostle Paul maintain his joy while dealing with his thorn in the flesh and how do you and I best maintain our joy as we deal with the hard things each of us must face in our own lives? Keep in mind the definition of grace as you consider how the apostle Paul maintained his joy. If grace is best described as “receiving what we don’t deserve”, what did the apostle Paul receive that was sufficient to get him through his pain? And what worked for him, will it work for us? Great questions!

The apostle could do hard things because he had received a revelation of Paradise. In other words, the apostle Paul saw the end from the beginning. Paul got to see how the story ends and knowing how the story would end one day made it possible for him to hold on now regardless of how painful the current situation might be. If Paul could do hard things, so can you loved one, so can you. Open up your Bible and receive a revelation from God’s Word on how the story ends when all things are made new. The more you read the more you will understand that God’s grace is sufficient, for when you are weak you are strong because the weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men. Just another reminder that with God nothing is impossible!

 
“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.”

2 Corinthians 12:9


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Michael Osthimer

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