“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” (II-Corinthians 12:9).
God allows crises to enter our lives for His purposes. Historically, it has been to get us to the place that He wants us, to use us in the way He has planned. In the Old Testament on the night Jacob prayed at Peniel, difficulty had brought him to the place where he could take hold of God as he never would have done. Many a good saints have to pass through this narrow passage of imminent peril like Jacob before our faith and knowledge of God is
taken to the next level. Then and only then will we come to know the power of a new and victorious life in Christ Jesus.
A similar life of trials and tribulation was forced upon the “apple of God’s eye,” David. God groomed and instructed him over a long and painful time, to learn and appreciate the power, wisdom and faithfulness of God. David’s reward was made manifest as he grew in the godly principles of faith, justice and righteousness. Through the course of his life his faith and godly principles proved invaluable during his reign as King of Israel. David’s life may be considered the greatest personification of the adage that “It may not be easy, but it is worth it.”
How else can we make sense of the extreme difficulties and life threatening situations the apostle Paul constantly faced but for the purposes of God? I believe, had it not been for such situations God would not have taught him, his followers and the Church (old and new) through him, the depths and true meaning of the reassuring promise of God; “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Many Christians live their entire lives and never come to understand the power in these six words; “My grace is sufficient for thee.” God’s grace was enough for Paul and it is enough for you and me.
“Pressed out of measure, above strength insomuch that we despaired even of life” (II-Corinthians 1:8). The believing Christian has to understand, as Christians of old learned, difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to our faith. When we are confronted by obstacles in daily life, we are to recognize them as opportunities for our faith to grow in the fullness and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. I assure you as we go forward, simply and fully trusting Him, you will be tested. There will be times when we may have to wait, but patience is more than endurance, it is faith at work on the inside.
“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raises the dead” (II-Corinthians 1:9). God knows that you can stand that trial; He would not give it to you if you could not. It is His trust in you that explains the trials of life, however bitter they may be. God knows our strength, and He measures it to the last inch; and a trial was never given to anyone that was greater than that person’s strength, through faith in God, to bear it. Remember, wherever you are in your life of faith, God will meet you there. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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