Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NKJV
Many people are under the notion that when they surrender their lives to God all will be well.
And it is well, but not in the manner most people initially think. Salvation provides no guarantee for a stress free and smooth existence.
In fact, choosing to submit to God often brings us to a point of doing things we don’t want to do for people we don’t even like!
That annoying friction many of us encounter day to day is there to smooth out our “rough edges.”
Sometimes we wonder why what looks like the worst of circumstances has come our way, oblivious that the very situation we despise will make us stronger.
Gold is purified in fire.
We, being more valuable than gold will ultimately find ourselves in hot situations as well.
Pride, idolatry, and selfishness are often burned away when God allows some of our hardships to mold us.
True compassion and patience are often learned after receiving such. We tend to judge less when we have our own personal failings to serve as a reference point for viewing others.
God does not give us problems, but He can surely allow our circumstances to teach us valuable lessons and provide clarity we would never receive otherwise.
Even when we are doing all the “right” things, storms will come.
Our trials and circumstances don’t have to defeat us. In fact, they are often the very stepping stones we need to propel us into our Divine purpose and Glorify God in the process!
God always imparts what we need to get through our situations. He never pushes us into anything He hasn’t prepared us for. Now, some of our “preparation” is often “on the job training,” yet we can rise up to our challenges instead of falling before them.
Paul even suffered a “thorn” in his side that God refused to remove. I’m sure we can all relate to Paul’s plight. God’s answer to Paul’s plea for relief was “My grace is sufficient.”
And it is sufficient for us as well. When we resolve to stand strong and walk out God’s plan despite the pain, we ultimately fulfill His purpose for our lives.
And in doing this, we are blessed.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 NKJV