God Is Strong in our Weakness
"And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Several years ago, Eunice went on a mission team to the island of Antigua. The missionary whom Eunice and her friends were helping had a radio ministry. One afternoon the missionary took the team out to a field where there were some parts of a radio tower lying on the ground. He asked them to help him lift the pieces of tower off the ground and slide cement blocks under them so that the parts would not rust on the damp ground.
For a while, Eunice and the other girls stood around and watched the guys grunting and sweating as they hefted the heavy tower parts up onto the blocks. Then someone had the idea that maybe the girls could help too, if four or five of them were to lift a tower piece together. Eunice and a few other girls found a tower piece and decided to give it a try. With all of them lifting together, they still couldn't even budge it! The girls were willing, but they were just too weak. There was no way they could lift that heavy tower part without the help of someone stronger than they were.
Sometimes God allows circumstances in our lives to show us just how weak we really are. He may allow us to have an illness or a disability. He may give us a job to do that we do not have the skills, time, or strength to accomplish on our own. He may even allow us to struggle with a certain sin. He always allows these things for a purpose. He wants us to turn to Him and seek His help. And that is when we become strong – because His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Has God shown you your weakness in a certain area? Thank Him for humbling you. Seek His strength. He will not fail to give you the power that you need to be His obedient child.
God's strength is made perfect in our weakness.
» Am I seeking God's strength to help me in my areas of weakness?
» Have I thanked Him for allowing me to be humbled?
Truth In Real Life
“Nothing could preserve me in cheerfulness and confidence under these afflictions, but the assurance of the faithfulness of Christ.”
Christmas Evans was born in Wales on December 25, 1766 – which is why he was named “Christmas.” His father, a humble shoemaker, died when Christmas was 8, leaving the little boy to be raised by a cruel and ungodly uncle. The first part of his life, young Christmas was just a little farm worker boy who never had a chance to learn how to read.
At age 17, Evans began working in his Presbyterian church, doing whatever he could to help the men of God. Having been saved in a revival meeting, he felt it was his duty to help the church who had helped him. As a teenager, he was mentored by godly men (very different from his uncle). And someone finally taught him how to read and write!
Evans continued caring more and more about the things of God. He talked about spiritual things and did what was right. As a result, his unsaved “friends” hated him. One day, they beat him up so badly that he lost one of his eyes. But Evans still worked to please God more than others.
At age 24, he joined the Baptist denomination and was ordained to preach. He traveled throughout the country of Wales and preached in churches, coal mines, fields, and homes. It was common for him to preach five times in one day. God gave Evans tremendous power in expressing the Gospel message, and revival seemed to follow him wherever he preached. Thousands of Christians gave testimony of salvation and soon the famous Welsh Revival began.
Despite his early hardships in his uncle’s home, and despite his disfigured face because of his evil friends, God used Christmas Evans to bring Him much glory. He has often been called “the one-eyed John Bunyan of Wales” because of his wonderful imagination and the ongoing influence of his preaching ministry.
Did you have a rough start to your life? Are you in the middle of some really hard times and troubles right now? What would it take to make you give up? Christmas Evans didn’t give up. He threw himself into the care of God, and he kept going. God used him mightily!
Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.