CapabilityJune 30, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
In my post, “Love,” I posed the question of what we are capable of handling.
I honestly don’t know all the answers, and the ones I do ‘know’ show my very limited understanding of the vast nature of life and God.
But this particular question stumps me more than a lot of others. In fact, I’ve been delaying this post for a while.
Every single one of us has a thorn. We all have at some point something in our lives we have to deal with.
And, the questions which inevitably come are: why did God let this happen (discussed in my post: “In the valley…”) and how are we going to get through whatever ‘it’ is.
Logically, one can conclude that with God, we can tread the path He lays out for us. (Psalm 23)
Emotionally, I want to throw reason out the window, curl up in a ball, and cry.
Not too helpful, is that?
How do we convince the heart, the depth of our very beings, that God will see us through a blissful end to our track?
Well, I go back to Paul and his thorn. Three times he pleaded that God take it away. And what did God say? “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV).
The first part of that response is where my dilemma starts. The answer, however, lies in the second.
God is lovingly invested in us in so many ways:
First of all, He is our Creator and Father.
Christ died and rose that we may live.
And, in His battle against evil, the weaknesses evil causes us highlight God’s strength because God strengthens His people through them.
He doesn’t want us to hurt, but there is evil in this world, and it inevitably strikes out at us, we who are made in God’s image. But, God won’t let us fall if we don’t choose to.
So really, all I need to concern myself with is whether I want God to handle my life or if I want to give myself the illusion of control as I spiral out of it.
Nothing like a nice, crisp contrast to make the choice clear.
Paul understood that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).
When I am huddled in pain, sobbing, wishing it could all go away, reliance on Christ fuels the ability to withstand anything in my path.
You can do it, forging ahead to fulfill the purpose God has given you. It hurts sometimes; it sometimes hurts a lot. But by simply moving forward, living each day in awe of creation, you by the power of the Spirit in you defeat that which is wrong.
Yes, God crushes its head and lifts you from its cruel, cruel jaw.
You win by acknowledging and accepting that God has won, wins, and will win.
You claim a part in His victory as His child.
Let it hurt. And let it be known that it doesn’t strike your core because of the brief prayer, “But as for me, afflicted and in pain— may Your salvation, God, protect me.” (Psalm) 69:29 NIV. Let God’s salvation protect you.
Let yourself feel down, and defeated, and depressed, and broken. And then rejoice that you don’t have to be up, and strong, and happy, and whole by yourself to get through your thorn. God does that for you. You’ll find your countenance brighter more often.
Christ is risen! He suffers what you suffer. He faced the worst that evil can throw at anybody, and He came out victorious. (Ephesians 4:8-10)
Victorious not just for Himself. For each and every one of us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 NIV
Yes, He has gifted us with a vast capability to handle whatever is thrown at us.
Yes He has.
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIV