And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Back in October 2013, I wrote Part 1 of this Scripture verse. Well, I didn’t know there was a part one until I sat down to write again (Part 2) about 2 Corinthians 12:9. The last time I wrote it was about the understanding that God will accomplish His purposes without taking from His servant the thorn that seems to hinder him. And despite human weaknesses, God’s grace attains His purposes. This is a promise that gives us strength to endure anything we face and it encourages us to “keep on keepin on”.
This time I’m writing from a different viewpoint that centers on the second part of this verse. Boasting in our infirmities so that the power of Christ will rest upon us. Over these last 4 weeks or so, God has imparted this verse into my spirit. You see, God knew what was ahead of me. I believe for a very personal and pointed reason. It’s personal and pointed to me, but I willingly share this because I know that it’s personal and pointed to someone else. Please settle your heart and hear me out.
As I wrote yesterday, there are times that we all feel pain. Sometimes that pain is physical as I have had over the last 4 weeks. The pain I have been facing recently has been pretty intense. At times the pain is so intense I cry out. All the time praying, “Lord take my pain away for even a moment.” But when the Lord began to impart upon me a new understanding of our Scripture verse, the prayers I prayed began to change. The Lord began to give me understanding of why Paul said what he did in the second part of this Scripture. Paul said that he would rather boast in his infirmities. Paul would rather boast about all the things that he faced and suffered through to get to the point where the Power of Christ would rest upon him. Paul knew he needed all of God’s power to finish the race laid before him. I now have begun a journey with God as well with my current physical illness.
I am so thankful for the dozens and dozens of Pastors, friends, family, prayer warriors, intercessors that have come along side of me in prayer for God’s healing touch in me. Now I don’t want anyone to think that I am suffering from a life ending sickness. I am not. Just a very painful sickness that the doctor’s say can only be fixed by surgery. But God has taught me something very powerful. That through the painful times of my sickness He can be glorified. It’s all about God’s power and His glory no matter what I or you suffer. It’s all about the Power of Christ resting upon us. We can because He can.
Today I learned that the surgery that had already been planned to occur in a few weeks was pushed out another week. Did the news from the surgeon discourage me? No. It was a little annoying, but not discouraging. If another week of what I’m facing can glorify God even more, then I’m ok with it. As a matter of fact, the last 36 hours, the pain has incredibly subsided as a result of God’s healing hand and answers to prayer. Praise the Lord!
Matthew 10:29-31 (NKJV) says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” I’ve said this before that God’s love is the deepest expression of His character. God’s nature is love. And God’s love is eternal. “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with and everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV) In God’s infinite love, He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior; to suffer and die in our place so that we could live eternally. He died for my sickness. He died for my infirmities. He died for whatever I face. And you, too!
Friend, there is no sickness, illness, pain, trial, trouble, scorning, persecution, that we together with Christ cannot face. It’s God’s strength that is made perfect in weakness, not our strength. God’s strength is perfected to meet whatever we face, whatever holds us back, whatever sickness we might have, whatever keeps us from fulfilling God’s call on our life. It’s done for you; finished so that all we need to do is BELIEVE. When we pray, we must believe it is God’s strength that will accomplish what we ask. It’s God’s strength that resides in that prayer. There’s more to knowing God hears and answers prayer. It’s believing His Power resides in that prayer! That’s why, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Precious Lord, thank You for Your sufficient grace. Thank You that Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. Lord, pour out Your power in our lives and may it rest upon us. For every sickness, illness, trial, struggle, weakness, may it be Your Power that sees us through. For Your glory and Your honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!