Today’s Scrip-Bit   15 April 2023   2 Corinthians 12:9a.

2 Corinthians 12:9a. And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength (power) is made perfect in weakness.

And then it was Saturday, lazy day Saturday! Unfortunately though, I was up and about early this morning doing stuff, and thus did not get to enjoy the lazy aspect of the early half of the morning, so now that I’ve come to write the Bit, I’m tired. (smile) But you know what? I remembered this verse from 2 Corinthians and found the strength to continue. It’s where Bruh Paul asks the Lord three times to remove a ‘thorn from his flesh’ which he seemed to think was given to keep him humble. And the Lord’s answer was simply marvellous. ‘And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength (power) is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Cor. 12:9a) 

Wow! What an answer! And believe me, it’s the gospel truth. I can testify to it because on numerous occasions when I’ve felt that I just didn’t have the energy to finish a task or go somewhere, or just get up and move around, I’d suddenly find myself renewed with strength and perseverance to continue. And I just knew that it was not my doing, but the Lord’s! I can’t help saying it friends: What a magnificent God we worship! I don’t see how anyone in their right mind, with any knowledge of Him at all, can turn away from Him, because He is always there when we need Him. 

No wonder Bruh Paul says after he got that answer: ‘Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (weaknesses), that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’ (2 Cor. 12:9b) And that makes a certain amount of sense. If the Lord will empower you in times of weakness, then why not glory in your weakness so that He can empower you. (smile) And to back his contention, Bruh Paul continues thus: ‘Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Cor. 12:10) 

To the ordinary unbeliever that might not sound like good logic, but if you’re a sincere and faithful believer, it is, because you know that in your weakness, the Lord will make you strong to accomplish His will. And though in our society it’s verboten to boast, or even speak of our weaknesses, in Christ’s kingdom it’s certainly acceptable, because we’re not always strong enough to do whatever we desire to do. And these excerpts from an article by Allison Richmond on the spiritual-life/weekly-devotional website gives us some good insights into the situation. 

She writes: ‘It is counterintuitive to talk about our weaknesses. In fact, we usually try to hide them. Today more than ever, we are held to incredibly high standards of near perfection, causing us to brush our weaknesses under the rug and not let anyone know about our failures or shortcomings. We try to put on a façade of strength, and we can’t hold it up forever. But God is perfect in every way, giving Him the power to make up for any weaknesses we have. And we have a lot. Paul says because of this, he will be even more aware and vocal about his weakness in order that God might come in and support him. 

God’s power perfects our weaknesses, allowing us to do so much more than we could ever do on our own. The strength that God will provide in our weaknesses is much greater than any strength that we could muster on our own. So we should not try and hide or avoid our weaknesses, but rather, embrace them, allowing God to strengthen you in ways you could never have imagined.’ 

And that’s the Christian way! Oh, we really don’t go out and boast of them or flaunt them arrogantly, but we don’t hide them and pretend that we’re superman. That’s why Peter’s words on the subject echo so loudly in our ears, as he talks of us as being partakers of Christ’s sufferings. He says: ‘Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as (to the extent that) ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 

If ye be reproached (insulted) for the name of Christ, happy (blessed) are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of (blasphemed), but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or as a busybody (meddler) in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify Christ on this behalf (matter).’ (1 Pet. 4:12-16) 

Yes, my fellow believers, it’s not always fun or easy to be a true Christian, for we will encounter tough times and suffer unnecessarily or falsely, at least in our opinion, but we are expected to bear those sufferings with a modicum of joy (smile) for Christ’s sake. Please remember Christ warned of that very situation. He said:’ These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace: In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) 

Now, again, that’s not always easy to do, but look at all Jesus suffered on our behalf, and He didn’t get through it all on His own nuh, the Father gave Him the strength to do it. In His weakness the Father’s strength and power became perfect. Likewise, when we are undergoing adversity, let’s remember Jesus’ ‘sufferation’ and how he handled it with the Father’s strength, and believe that we can handle ours the same way, if we will call out to the Father in our weakness and times of trouble, and not try to do it in our own strength, because most times we are incapable of doing so. 

And our God is such a smart-aleck, that He just reminded me of such a situation in my life. Sometime aback I was experiencing some mind-numbing cramps in my legs, and I called out to Him for help, and a few minutes later the cramps began to fade away. However, sometime last week, I had cramps again, but this time for some unknown reason I never called out to Him for help, and simply tried handling them in my own strength. And they took a relatively long time to dissipate. 

But yuh know what?  As soon as they did, I got this zeppo from the Lord, reminding me of the earlier situation, and how with His help, it had been solved very quickly. And all I could do was chuckle sadly and say, ‘Yes Lord, you’ve made your point.’ And it both amazed and annoyed me that in my time of need, I hadn’t remembered to call on the Lord for help. 

So friends, it’s very important that in our times of suffering, of weakness, we turn to God for help. We need to make it become a habit, an addiction that comes automatically, otherwise we might end up like I did, suffering unnecessarily. Much LOVE!

…our God possesses abnormal power… and in our frailty…we’d be foolish not to call on Him for help… 

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