2 Corinthians 12:9 - Gods Amazing Grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in
The prayer of Jesus in the Garden of
Gethsemane is perhaps the greatest, most moving prayer
ever uttered. In it our Lord asked that the cup
of crucifixion, which was about to be thrust
upon Him, might be taken away. But then, in the
very next breath He said, "Nevertheless, not as I
will, but as You will" (Matt. 26:39). What a
prayer! What strength! What power!
When the apostle Paul asked God to remove
his "thorn in the flesh," God did not remove it,
saying instead, "My grace is sufficient for you" (2
Cor. 12:9). Rather than complain or become angry
at God, Paul joyfully submitted to God's will.
He discovered that God's grace truly was
sufficient, even in the midst of pain.
Christ desires to be with you in whatever
crisis you may find yourself. Call upon His name.
See if He will not do as He promised He would.
He may not make your problems go away, but He
will give you the power to deal with them and to
overcome them by His grace.
If we only pray for the removal of
problems, we will often be disappointed. If we pray
for Gods presence in the midst of our
problems, we will always receive what we have asked.
[Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham]
When I was asked to lead a medical team
to Uganda, I felt completely ill-equipped. I'm
not a travel agent, and I have zero medical
background. Yet the Bible is full of stories of God
using unlikely leaders, such as Moses who was a
poor speaker, Matthew who was a tax collector,
and even Jesus - Israel expected a mighty
warrior, not a baby born in a manger who died on a
cross. So, I clung to these examples. Our medical
missions team made it safely to Africa and had a
successful ten days of providing medical services for a
community of 3,500 children.
Then it was time to go home. After a
ten-hour drive to catch a midnight flight, we hit a
barrier. As we tried to check-in, the airline agents
could not find our reservations. Panic ensued.
Exhausted people started shouting at me to help.
Overwhelmed, I shut down. A strong leader would have
taken control, not shrunk back.
Then I silently prayed, Jesus help! A
calm airline employee pulled me out of the fray
to a quiet spot, and we arranged our flights
home. I really had no explanation for this
resolution other than God's intervention. This example
of Jesus using me when I felt useless has
reminded me of how He uses my weaknesses to show
Himself strong. It takes courage to allow Jesus to
use me, especially in situations where I feel
inadequate, but He can use anyone. In fact, the weaker
the better, because His mighty power working in
me gives Him all the glory. Jeannie Blackmer
Faith Step: Write about a time when you
experienced Jesus's strength in the midst of your
weakness. [Mornings With Jesus 2022 Devotional by
Guideposts and Zondervan]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY
2 Corinthians 12:9 - Power in Weakness.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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