God is strong. His hands formed and sketched the nature we ignore half the time. His reach saved Peter from drowning and his voice calmed the storm. And yet, as believers, with that strength at our request, we wait and we try to carry it all on our own. There are hundreds of verses in the Bible we love to hear and they bring comfort or reassurance. But recently, I’ve been living a verse that while it brings comfort, it is also a challenge for me to grow up spiritually. Second Corinthians 12:9 “…my grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” The context of this verse is when Paul asked the Lord three times to remove the thorn from his flesh.
We all carry thorns of our sinful nature. Some reading this post may carry a thorn of an emotional or physical struggle. In God’s infinite wisdom, he knows better than to just poof heal us. Let’s face it, we already live in a time of instant gratification (I won’t go there now), but how silly of us to think that we know better than God.
In living out this verse over the past few weeks, I have found myself learning to reach out to other believers and ask for help or prayer; I’ve learned to lean on my husband more and feel more of his unconditional love; I’ve reached for the scriptures more. In my weakness, I have found God in a new light, one that has led to a deeper walk, and greater searching to know Him more. He is my heavenly father, and I want to run to Him and feel his comfort and wisdom. Not that I am a fake person, but I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. Those closest to me are those with whom I confide. It is those believers who have shown me Jesus.
Yes, in our weakness or brokenness God is strong, but He is strong anyway. Will we ever learn to not wait until we are completely down to look up? Will we ever learn to lay our burdens at the cross sooner?
Be encouraged to take the hand of the Father and walk with Him. Let me know where he takes you.
All the best,