“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.” II Corinthians 12:9
Has there ever been a time in your life when you were going through a trial or difficulty and a friend said to you, “God will not give you more than you can handle”? But is this true and scriptural? Would it not be better to say, “God will not give you more than He can handle”?
In Chapter 12 of II Corinthians, Paul refers to a thorn in the flesh for which he has been asking the Lord for deliverance. There have been many speculations as to what this was. Some think it was eye trouble, a speech problem, or some deformity in his appearance. As he prayed and asked for its removal, the Lord revealed to him that its purpose was to give him additional grace and thus he chose to glory in its presence. The Lord showed him that His grace was sufficient and that by enduring it patiently, strength would be given.
Just because we serve the Lord Jesus Christ, does not mean that we will be exempt from trials and difficulties. We may face sickness, sorrow, and other problems, but when we place them in the hands of the Lord and trust Him, He will give us the strength and ability to bear them. His grace is sufficient. Nothing can come against us that He is not capable of handling.
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
So, when trials and difficulties come our way, and we are tempted to murmur and complain about our lot, remember that the Lord has made a way of escape. As we surrender it to Him, He gives us the strength and grace that we need. He loves us and desires His best for us.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you love us and that whatever you allow in our lives is for your honour and glory. May we surrender everything to you, and let your will be done.
Devotion by Anne Johnston