I Shall Boast in My Weakness
I couldn’t truly fathom what my dear friend, Princess, was telling me as she recounted how she had lost everything in a house fire. All her possessions except the clothes on her back, her computer and a few documents had gone up in flames. Her calm posture didn’t suggest anything that drastic had occurred that previous night and it was really mind blowing how collected she was.
Princess’ courage during this hard time was a testament to her faith. Every time she reassured her friends she was ok she would add, “They are only things. At least I’m alive.”
Her words really made me wonder: how many of us are willing to say the same thing after such a catastrophe? How many of us are willing to be satisfied with God’s grace instead of questioning why God would allow good people to suffer…
The Holy Spirit guided me and I sought refuge in Paul’s story in 2 Corinthians 12 to gain a better comprehension of the matter. See, at this time, Paul’s “understanding of the principles of gospel truth was equal to that of ‘the very chiefest apostles,’” (AA 469.1, 2 Corinthians 12:11) and yet “there was given to [him] a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet [him]” (2 Corinthian 12:7). Here is a man who was “caught up to the third heaven,” and, “was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” (2 Corinthians 12:2, 4) and still the messenger of Satan was allowed to harass and strike him.
After Paul sought the Lord in prayer three times, after he pleaded with the Lord asking that such tribulations “depart from [him]” (2 Corinthians 12:8), God responded saying “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God didn’t want Paul to exalt himself to high measure and thus lose sight of His Heavenly face. God didn’t want Paul to have “confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).
So take heed brethren – although God has promised to not give you more than you can bear (1 Corinthian 10:13), bad things will happen. It is during these hard time that we should remember to seek the Lord in prayer and “most gladly therefore will [we] rather glory in [our] infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon [us] (1 Corinthians 12:9).”
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecution, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10