Certainly, if we are looking here on earth for perfect strength– in these human vessels, we will be sadly disappointed. We find ourselves unable to do right when it truly matters, the seeming unfixable in life stumps us sapping what little energy we have. We come face to face with the limitations of being human and often we don’t handle it well. After giving our all to people and things, there are days when our best is not good enough. Drained and tired, we pray and hope for change. Change does not come. Voices tell us we can’t do this one more day. We agree! This is when I find that ‘His strength is perfect’. When I’ve come to the end of me. When disappointment washes over my soul because my expectations were not met.
Paul the Apostle found himself right there at one point in his life. Scriptures say three times he asked the Lord to remove something from his life [2 Corinthians 12: 7-10]. After the third time the Lord said no. This was the response he got: “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” [AMP] In essence, God was saying, my grace is all you need.
God delights in showing up where human strength is lacking. In places where we can do nothing but stand still and trust. It is then His amazing attributes are shown– we see His power on display. These are the places where we are reminded that God is God, and we are not. Today may be one of those days for you. It may be a season where you feel totally helpless to change the situations that have become ‘thorns in your flesh’. Thorns have a way of keeping us close to God – completely dependent on Him. These discomforts serve a purpose. They will not take us out. They can be used to refine and strengthen our character if we dare to trust the process. We then get to where we walk through the tough times because of His strength — not our own. The glory then belongs to Him. His strength is truly ‘perfect when our strength is gone‘.
*** Thanks for reading – Find your strength in God today.
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Profound statement right there “His strength is truly ‘perfect when our strength is gone.” Facts!
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