2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
7-10 Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of 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.
Have you ever won something? Were you proud and boastful? Have you ever bragged on yourself? I’m sure we have all done it. However… did you ever say something so good about yourself that you out your foot in your own mouth later on about it? Did it humble you?
Many times in life God places thorns in our sides, not to chastise us and not because we have done anything wrong, but simply to let us know who is control and to keep us humble. You see, if we had no limitations, we wouldn’t need God would we? Pains ache our bodies, bills need to be paid, age sets in after a while. Everything on earth has a limitation. Even Jesus couldn’t stay here forever.
I urge us today to simply reflect and know no matter the test, the circumstance or the situation…. God is in control. Be blessed!