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THE WONDERS OF HIS GRACE
And he said unto 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
It is to those who were in the depths that the sense of the presence of God has been most real and the realization of His sustaining power most definite.
The widow of a German Moravian bishop told me that the universal testimony of all the Christians in Germany who had suffered untold hardships on account of their faith was, in her experience, that they would have missed none of these things, that indeed they thanked God for them. By these things they had been awakened to a realization of the poverty of their Christian lives and experiences; by these things also they had had their eyes opened to "the wonders of His grace."
That is but their modern way of expressing what the psalmist puts thus: "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes" (Psalm 119:71).
It is also but the re-echo of Paul's reaction to the verdict, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness," which led him to say, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). If we but love God and submit ourselves to Him, that most certainly will be our experience; for again I would remind you that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
A Thought to Ponder
By these things they had been awakened to a realization of the poverty of their Christian lives.
From Why Does God Allow War? pp. 125-126.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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