There are times in your life when you will feel too weak to stand.
Maybe you're feeling that way right now. Maybe you've been through an extended illness. Maybe you've lost hope. Maybe some type of emotional distress has torn you up so badly that you find yourself no longer interested in life, in activity, in … anything, really.
In times like those, ten steps to wholeness and health don't help. Being told how to fix things doesn't help. Knowing all the right things to do can help, of course; but sometimes you can't even get from the now to the try.
Beloved, if you find yourself in that place right now, our Father has an encouraging word for you. It's found in 2 Corinthians 12:9, and it says:
And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I think it's interesting that, during Paul's extreme weakness, God didn't tell him to buck up.
Father didn't say, “Get up, son. You know what to do. Start doing it.”
He didn't tell Paul, “What are you doing here?” even though He did say that to Elijah in another time and another place, when the prophet was so full of self-pity he seems to have forgotten about God.
But what Father did say was: “I've got you, son. I've got you by My grace.”
And that is what Paul needed to hear.
I think that's what some of us may need to hear right now, too; don't you think?
No matter what kind of hard thing you're going through right now:
- “I've got you, baby girl. You can't handle it, but I've got you by My grace.”
- “I know you can't stand up right now. You can barely even walk. But I've got you by My grace.”
- “I know you're disappointed in yourself. You feel like you ought to be so much stronger. But I've got you, by My grace.”
O beloved reader, He's got you … by His grace.
He's got you in the down-low and the no-light and the pain and the heartache and the discouragement and the sudden interruption of your plans that were good, good, good.
He's got you in your physical weakness and in your lack of emotional and mental strength.
He's got you when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you're afraid there really might be an oncoming train.
He's got you, precious child. And He'll never leave you nor forsake you.
He's got you, by His grace.
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