Strength In Weakness

A couple weeks ago I preached a sermon on 2 Corinthians chapter 12, verses 7-10, and focused on how, despite his thorn in the flesh, Paul was able to rejoice in Christ.  And the idea that, only in God, does finding strength in weakness make sense.  Anyone who knows me knows that, lately, I’ve been facing some health issues that have had the tendency to lower my spirits.  And yet, I know that what we see in 2 Corinthians 12 is truth.  It is true that, even if I never come to an understanding of what it is that is ailing me, I can still know that God is with me.  In fact, it’s in these times that His love and His faithfulness to me is highlighted all the more.  Because it’s Him who gets me through.  As I closed out the sermon, I made a statement that I’ll repeat here.  And hopefully, in some way, anyone who reads this (the 2 or 3 people) will find it helpful or comforting or something:

Even in a time when darkness is setting in.  Even in a time where the night is coming and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Even then God gives us something as beautiful and as awesome as the remnants of daylight at dusk.  You may be facing some tough times…as we speak…you may be experiencing your own trials.  And if you’re saved, and you’re being obedient…that can be tough sometimes.  Because you want to ask why.  You want to say, “God…what’s going on?”  But just know the truths that this passage teaches us.  Know these truths.  They will give you comfort.  Trust me…they will give you comfort.  That even in those times God is there.  And He’s refining you…He’s making you stronger.  In those times you will find the strength to make it through.  You’ll find God’s strength and you will make it through.  And then you can look back on that, and you will be able to direct all of the glory where it belongs…you’ll be able to say “My Lord brought me through this.”  And when you do that…you will honestly…genuinely be able to say, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”