God Gives Grace To Endure

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power, is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Oh, the weaknesses of the flesh!  How our heart is so prone to wander and our resolve so susceptible to crumble when we allow ourself to ponder the greatness of our own opinion.  Help us Lord in our vast weakness that stretches ever before us; strengthen us with Your power.  You alone are our confidence and our very great reward.

Renew afresh in us Lord the truth that our weaknesses of the flesh are merely prime opportunities to allow the power of Christ to dwell richly in us!  By the sustaining grace of Christ alone will we find contentment alongside our distress.

Before we move too far forward let’s not allow the five opening words of this verse escape us.  “But He said to me.”  The Lord spoke, Paul listened.

“For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”  (Philippians 2:13)

We must know that it is God’s grace that enables us during times of distress to overcome our obstacles which keep us from His best.  If we are left strictly to our own ability we will surely shipwreck our faith and run aground.  God works in us and gives us the desire to push on and through life’s distresses so that His good purposes are achieved in and through us.  Oh, that or heart may behold His glory in this!  He is for our good and equips us so that His goodness in us triumphs over the inherent weakness of our flesh.  When we are tempted to despair it is God who strengthens our fundamentally weak flesh and fortifies us yet again to contend for the faith while rooted ever so securely in Christ Jesus.  It is God who enables and fuels our desire to be better, to do better, and to keep trying.  His good purpose is to sanctify our souls so that we become more like Christ with each passing day.

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.

If we agree that our heart is prone to wander and to leave the God we love, as the words of this hymn suggest in Come, Thy Fount of Every Blessing, then we must understand that neither will we be prone to steadfastness in our difficult relationships and circumstances.  We must work diligently because if our fickle heart is prone to wander from the God we love then why would it be any different in our earthly relationships and when faced with distressing trials?  It will truly only be easier to shrink back.

When the going gets tough do we choose to toughen our fleshly resolve to defend our opinions and allow our heart to wander away?  When trials shake us to the core do we submit to them knowing God’s grace is our sufficiency or do we wiggle and wrangle our way out of them not desiring for one second to see what He might be showing us about our own misguided opinions and desires?  We need Your help, Lord.

God gives us the grace to endure because if we allow it, all things can be purposeful.  He has the absolute power to turn all things towards His goodness.  Will you allow His will to become yours?  Submit to Him and He absolutely will lead your wandering heart back to His love.

In His powerful grace,