“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. (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. (10) 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.”
II Corinthians 12:7-10
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I have to say that it’s so good to be well again and back to my writing! There were days, when I truly missed our visits and I thank God today that we are back together again!
As we begin, I would say that the verses I’ve shared with you today have truly become my life verses and so this writing today is a very special one for me. I remember a time, when I had no hope and God opened these verses to me. In fact, I remember saying to God, as I read verse 10… “How is it that I can take pleasure in the pain I’m going through right now;” but as time went by, I came to see that it was through these moments of weakness; that I truly experienced the powerful touch of God upon my life.
You know…I have read these verses in II Corinthians 12:7-10 numerous times and to this day, I don’t really know what Paul’s thorn was, except that it did seem to become a hindrance in his life and I think that sometimes, the weaknesses in our lives can seem like a hindrance to us because we are just wanting so badly to have these moments pass us by, so we can reconnect with life and move on; but one thing I’ve come to see; is that our moments of weakness aren’t really a hindrance but rather, we should see them as a time, when we are being humbled and brought down to God’s level, rather than our own.
How many times have we begged God to remove the thorn of weakness from us but yet He never did it, at the time we asked Him? I’m sure that there can be moments such as these, when a person can feel as if God has abandoned them and walked away completely. One thing we must remember; is that sometimes God says “No” and not as a means of abandonment but as a means of getting us to trust in Him, rather than always seeing things our way. I have come to see that when God says “No;” it’s only because He has another way to resolve the problem and sometimes His way can take a little more time and sometimes He may allow us to travel a little further in the darkness; so that we will come to depend on the light of His presence, to see us through these difficult times. Even though Satan is the culprit, when it comes to a thorn of affliction, we must remember that God still has control and this piece of hope is what we hold to, during the uncertain moments of pain and heartache.
One thing that has always caught my eye, while reading these verses; is the awesome feeling, of just knowing that the hand of the most powerful God is resting upon us, during moments of weakness. Here we think that God has abandoned us, while in the background, His powerful hand is upon our lives…working in a way that will eventually make Satan defeated, while His name becomes known in an even greater way to us and others who observe Him at work within our lives. I don’t know about you but that’s a big “wow factor” to me!
In my own life, I have seen God allow my weaknesses, to take me down to the floor…just so He could rise in my place and lift me up with Him…only this time, with a greater strength. In other words…this becomes God’s way of nudging us along…only with a greater strength, than what we began with…wow!
I think that if we could see our weaknesses through God’s eyes, rather than how we think we should view them; then we wouldn’t feel so lost in the dark and a time would come, when we would begin to see more light and less darkness on our pathway.
When I first started this ministry, there was one thing that I always shared with those who visited the website and that was how God can exchange our weaknesses for His strength. Just think…all we have to do is hand over our weakness to God and in return, He will exchange that weakness, for a perfect strength that can truly keep us standing during the difficult times. How about you? Have you taken the time to exchange your weaknesses, for God’s perfect strength?
Blessings on your Sunday!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."