II Corinthians, Chapter 12: 6-10
I have had a very trying year and was questioning God about this. With each trial that came my way, I would ask again, “what’s with this?” With each trial this scripture came to mind, II Corinthians, Chapter 12: 6-10, Msg. Version:
“This is The Apostle Paul Speaking”
(6) If I had a mind to brag a little, I could probably do it without looking ridiculous, and I’d still be speaking plain truth all the way. But I’ll spare you. I don’t want anyone imagining me as anything other than the fool you’d encounter if you saw me on the street or heard me talk.
(7-10) Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given a Handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations.
Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, MY GRACE IS ENOUGH; IT’S ALL YOU NEED. MY STRENGTH COMES INTO ITS OWN IN YOUR WEAKNESS.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the Handicap and began appreciating the Gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the Weaker I get, the Stronger I become.
“I’m Still Working On, “Quit Focusing On The Handicap,
And Appreciating The Gift”
“I Need The Apostle Paul’s Perspective on Trials”
“Life Is Good”