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.”
I think we focus too much on the first part of the verse – you know God’s grace being totally sufficient for us but then we ignore the last part about weaknesses and infirmities. We must realise that as Christians, we have to go through these weaknesses and infirmities in order for God to show forth His strength and power. That divine quality is perfected in our human frailty, our inadequacy and our weakness. To put it another way, “through weakness we are made strong”. Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? But you see when you fall down and you suffer, you brush the dirt off your hands, get up and you keep going. You become stronger and gain more determination and fortitude to reach the end goal. However that is a choice you have to make. You have to decide whether you will rise up and conquer the pain or stay down. It’s a character test.
Life is full of storms, conflicts, trials and affilictions – it’s just part and parcel of this wretched existence on this earth that is plagued with sin, sadness and gut-wrenching tragedy. The sooner we realise that, the better. However these storms don’t last forever, they always come to an end. God can use these times of darkness and despair to draw us closer to Himself. These trying times are a good test of our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. What is our response? How do we react to them? It has been said that “faith is not faith until it is tested”. It is all well and good to trust God when life is going great and everything is falling into place nicely and you’re surrounded by good friends and everything is just awesome. But to trust God in the times when you are lonely, depressed, afflicted, suffering, experiencing brokenness and when everything just seems to be falling apart – that my friend is the true test of faith, hope and trust.
1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Someone once said that “hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark” and it’s so true. You just hang in there, keep your chin up and keep hoping, praying and trusting. Jesus Christ is your shelter in the storm. He is the solid rock that will not be moved by even the most violent of storms. Hide in His shelter and you’ll be safe.
Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”
Romans 8:35-39 “35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”