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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distress, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
In the previous scriptures of this chapter Paul talks about something besetting, He also says that three times he asked God that it be taken away from him but God confirmed strength in weakness.
The purpose of this thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet (to hit repeatedly and with great force) him, was to “shield” Paul from being exalted by the abundance of revelations.
As I think about this I am reminded of another scripture in Galatians 4:1-4 that talks about an immature heir, and the need for governors and tutors.
Gal 3:23-25….. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor…this reveals that maturity comes by faith; because the coming of faith abolished humanity’s need for tutors and governors.
You see Paul had already gained some insight into Christianity and life in Christ. He had attained some level of maturity and was no longer under tutors and governors. Paul was operating in great anointing and had numerous revelations of God and the heavenly kingdom. Maturity in Christ brings us to a level of recognition. I was compelled to think about this in respect to my current status.
How many Christians live their lives as though in constant combat? I have not been able to catch a full break for some time. It has been one thing after another with brief periods of recess to catch my breath. At some point I was convinced that I was living my life in sin and thus the Lord was punishing me, yet even after searching my life and repenting as convicted by the Holy Spirit things only seemed to get worse. Then today I morning God was talking to me about hope that does not disappoint ( Romans 5:3-5, 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.) and I felt really encouraged.
As Christians we have come out from the law of "do not" and "do" and through faith we have received the Holy spirit that helps us to walk the walk of faith. Now the revelation of faith causes us to walk in this world and not be of this world and by virtue causes us to defy the “Norms” of society. This defiance makes us earn praise because of the Lords working in our lives yet because of our fallen nature leaves us predisposed to pride and haughtiness of heart. So because of this the Lord at times allows the repeated hitting of our lives and not just repeated hitting but hitting with great force. Such a force that will constantly remind us to run back to God and to keep our lives in check.
The easiest way in life is to give up and throw in the towel. But we have two things;
that our weakness is the fuel that perfects God’s strength in us
and that all that we go through will eventually work in us hope, and this hope will never disappoint.
I am made stronger today as I close this note. It may seem painful, it may seem like it’s never going to work but a writer once said
“ A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its consistency”
So today I will try yet again, even though it is difficult I know that I will get consistency that will break my rock and that is hope and it never disappoints.
for all of us let us Keep on Keeping on