Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? It’s been another great day for me…and even though last night was a rough night…God has once more proven Himself as a God that is greater in strength than my weakness…praise Him!!
As I began my day, I went into my kitchen and made a cold chicken pasta salad, as today was supposed to hit 90 degrees. You know…some people who deal with pain seem to like the warmer weather, rather than the cold winter months; but I’m actually the opposite…yeah…I’m one of a kind for sure…in fact, I was not only born with two bad legs; but also one kidney that is pointed, rather than rounded off. Anymore, I just laugh at life…and moments like these only make me long for heaven even more.
Anyways…after I was done in the kitchen and a few other things were accomplished; Keith and I had lunch…and as I was relaxing for a bit; I was thinking on something that Keith and I were talking about earlier this morning. I don’t know what brought this to my thoughts; but I was saying to Keith, as to how we tend to make God seem weak during the difficult times of life. In other words…we either want Him to do something our way…or we don’t seem to express our faith in a way that says that we serve a strong God…One whose strength is far greater than weakness.
Earlier in my life, I was going through some very difficult times and one thing God showed me; was that even though we are weak…and even though our prayers aren’t always answered according to our timing; there is a God whose grace is sufficient to carry us over the rough times in life, until we can be permanently free from them. In other words…His strength can enter our weaknesses and go into overdrive and take us far beyond the pit of destruction that Satan longs for us to fall into.
These past few weeks for me have definitely been some difficult times, as I have felt bombarded by Satan. You see…I believe that his aim is to do whatever he can, to take me out of commission with God, so others won’t find the encouragement and hope, to help them press on; but through it all, I have come to experience a God who is truly strong…one whose strength is sufficient for times such as these.
A few of my life Bible verses are found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10…and we read… “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.”
I wonder how many times we have begged God to help us…thinking that a healing would be the only way out, of what we were experiencing at the time. Don’t we realize that at the moment, when God isn’t quite ready to relieve us of these trials; that He will be there for us…for His grace is sufficient? One thing I have learned; is that safety isn’t always found through the absence of danger or trial; but rather, safety can be found in the presence of God…even through the darkest trial; for even though the trial has weakened us…to a hopeless state of mind; it’s His strength that can step in and be made perfect through our weakness.
No matter how hopeless life may seem today…and no matter how long you have been waiting for God to answer your prayer; there is a way…a place of hope that can brighten a darkened path and that hope can be found through Jesus Christ…for He can take hold of you and the weak moments your facing…and sustain and hold you up above these pits of defeat that have been set up by evil. Instead of accepting thoughts of defeat…why not accept help from a God who longs to be a perfect strength for you…One who can take hold of the weakness in your life and exchange it for a strength that will never fail or forsake you.
Have a great evening…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain