Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I hope that your day is off to a good start…and I pray from the depth of my heart; that we will always know and feel the presence of God; despite what we may be facing at the time…Amen!!
Today, as we begin our time together, I would like to start out with my life Bible verses…and why…because they have truly become the verses that have brought me through many a hard time…and I just know that they will do the same for you and me today…so let’s read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, which says… “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.”
As I attempted to sleep last night, I was once more reminded of the thorn that Satan tends to wiggle from time to time within me…and that thorn is in the form of pain. You know… moments of affliction have a way of reminding us, as to how bad life can be; but one thing I have truly come to see; is that when I have been deeply afflicted in this way…that this is when I actually experience the loving hand of God upon me the most.
I remember a time in my life, when I would get angry with God, over the pain that I have now experienced…for over 50 years of my life…and I remember the moments, when I would succumb to the pain, rather than turning in God’s direction; but one thing that God has taught me; is that even though He may not respond to our needs, in the way that we would like Him to; His grace is still sufficient…and He will give us the strength we need, to get through these hard and difficult times of life.
There is one moment in my life that I will never forget…and that moment was when God brought these Bible verses to me. At the time, I was alone…sitting in a recliner in our living room, while Keith was at work. As I began a long recovery, from another major knee surgery; I just looked up to the picture of Jesus that we had hanging over our fireplace…and as tears began to flow uncontrollable down my cheeks; He began to lead me to these verses in 2 Corinthians 7. As I truly began to discover these Bible verses in a very real way, I also began to feel puzzled, as to how we could rejoice through moments of suffering…that is, until God began to show me that taking pleasure in these moments, with a heart of praise; is what actually helps us to rise above them…to a place where we can truly experience more of God, rather than more of the affliction.
You know…there is a place, where we can truly rise above despair…a place where God can hold us and sustain us, until these fierce and powerful storms find their end; but we will never discover this place in life, if we become more attached to what is ailing us. Yes…we need to deal with what we are experiencing at the moment; but at the same time…God never intended for us to experience other added moments of despair…brought about through worry, doubt and fear.
You know…even though it was a rough night for me…and even though I’m not quite myself this morning; I praise God for bringing me through that time of distress…and for reminding me…that these aren’t the moments that spell out defeat; but rather, these are the moments that truly allow the hand of almighty God to rest upon me.
No matter what you are experiencing today, just know that God hasn’t forgotten you; for it’s only the circumstance that’s attempting to make you believe that. Instead of feeling that all hope is gone, why not glory in your infirmities…that you may rise above this despair in your life…that the hand of Christ may rest upon you…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and remember that God is always there…no matter what the circumstance may attempt to convince you of! God bless!
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