Oct 15, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: 2 Cor 12:7-10
“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.” — 2Co 12:9
Those of us who face physical challenges because of sickness or accident face the temptation to ask “why?” It can become frustrating when we cannot readily find an answer. But really, if we could find an answer, would it change our circumstances? Maybe we would not like the answer. Maybe the Lord would tell us we are just too proud and need to be humbled a little.
God has His reasons for our circumstances, we can be sure, but He seldom reveals them up front. The Apostle Paul wanted to know why God would allow hardship in his life, and he came to this conclusion about a few things: The Lord was humbling him and also wanted him to experience the sufficiency of His grace (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). The Lord also wanted Paul to know the perfect strength of Christ through his weakness. I have come to be satisfied with these answers.
Our responses in difficult situations are important because hardships can be God’s way of bringing us to the glories of heaven. Our prayers for the removal of our affliction may be against the will of God. There are things we will not understand until we stand before Him. God is more concerned about our faith than He is about our pleasure, so the best response we can give is, “Lord, increase my faith. Make me, but don’t break me. Help me not to flinch or rebel. Deliver me from the doubtful question, ‘Lord, don’t you see in the dark?’ Please grow my soul till you rule supreme there.”
How does the soul grow? Not all in a minute;
Now it may lose ground, and now it may win it;
Now it resolves, and again the will faileth;
Now it rejoiceth, and now it bewaileth;
Now its hopes fructify, then they are blighted;
Now it walks sullenly, now gropes benighted;
Fed by discouragements, taught by disaster,
So it goes forward, now slower, now faster,
Till all the pain is past, and failure made whole,
It is full grown, and the Lord rules the soul.
~ James Baer ~