Daily Archives: October 13, 2014

When The Answer is No – Part 2

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

It can be very frustrating to be told no.

Many godly people were told no in Scripture. Moses was a man of great faith, but he wasn’t allowed to step foot in the Promised Land.

The apostle Paul was also told no by God. He knew suffering. He asked God to remove a “thorn in his flesh” – some sort of physical ailment – three times, yet he lived with it until his death.

Though God’s answer was “no,” Paul’s response was praise. Paul testified that he was strengthened by God’s all-sufficient grace. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12: 8-10).

We all face challenges. Each trial is a trust-opportunity. Each obstacle you encounter comes with a choice.

Will you choose to trust in the power and sovereignty of God or will you choose to doubt?

Dear Lord, thank you for grace that strengthens me when I am weak. Your glory is my purpose. In Jesus’ name.

When The Answer is No – Part 1

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.” (Psalm 62:11-12).

From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings (Psalm 61:2-4).

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.” (Psalm 62:11-12).

Your life is purposed to bring glory to God in and through everything. There are times – hard times – when the answers from Him are “no.” When those times come, we need to choose to trust that He said no for a reason.
    
God is all-knowing. All-powerful. We are not.           

This is not simple, but it is true. When we surrender to His sovereignty, God strengthens His children with all-sufficient grace and His power is made perfect in our weakness.

Dear Lord, Help me to trust You in the challenges and the “nos” that I face today and every day. Shine your glory through my life-cracks today. In Jesus’ name.