All of us face times in our lives when don’t know exactly what to do, times when we get knocked down. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” He too faced trying times and in the midst of it, He claimed something that you and I can claim and that is the assurance that our God is always working and His grace is always sufficient. You and I have to understand that our greatest resource during a trial is not more education, more companions, more in the realm of human help, but rather, our greatest need when sorrowing is the anointing presence of God in our life. Which, can only be experienced through time spent with God in His Word and in prayer. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When the Apostle Paul asked the Lord thrice to remove an infirmity in his flesh, God did not choose to remove his trial, but instead He gave Paul a resource that is available to every Christian today, a resource called grace. Grace is the inner-working of the Holy Spirit in our heart, infusing in us the divine resources of God only made available to hearts fully yielded to the Lord. Paul had that supernatural enabling infused in him, that in the succeeding verses he could strongly say “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”. How could a man so weak, so frail, declare strength in the face of weakness? The answer – the grace of God.
Someone wisely said, “God is not attracted to our strengths; He is attracted to our weaknesses”. God is not impressed by our talents, abilities, and “what we can do for Him”, but rather, He is impressed when we come to the end of our resources and realize that without Him we can do nothing. You see, God made the world out of nothing, and it is only when we are nothing that God can make something out of us. When we are something, then God is not everything. As we empty ourselves of ourselves and seek the face of God for who He really is, then, and only then, will we able to experience the fullness of His power being manifested in our lives.
Colossians 1:29 “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”
Just a thought!