“My grace is sufficient for you.” That was the answer the Lord gave to Paul when Paul struggled against some unnamed problem. It was a big problem and Paul took it to the Lord three times to ask God to remove it. But the Lord gave Paul the strength to get through it.
Not all of our struggles will simply vanish. People are free to be cruel and critical and unkind. Aches and pains and diseases usually run their courses. Sometimes God directly intervenes and changes things to be the way we want, but sometimes He gives us the strength to get through them.
In fact, the only way we ever really begin to understand the power of God is to find His strength in the midst of our weakness. He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” That means that Paul would see God’s power not in the removal of his struggle, but in personal victory and peace in the midst of the struggle. From that assurance, Paul would go on, in 2 Corinthians 12, to tell us how he found joy and victory as he endured many difficulties.
I am not one who enjoys the struggles of relationships or the tensions of a broken world. I do not find pleasure in financial need or physical pain. There is no reason to hesitate in taking these things to the Lord. Ask Him to remove them, to supply your need, to overcome your struggle. Then understand that, if the struggle continues, it will be to show you the strength of the Lord in your life.
These are troubling days. Added to the troubles we see on the news, we have holidays which almost always stretch our patience and endurance to points we don’t like to experience. Money doesn’t go as far as it used to and we are all growing older. We look ahead and see more coming. How are we supposed to handle more?
We aren’t. There is no call for us to handle more. The call of God is for us to handle less. To trust Him with our struggles. To put the future in His hands. To get through the trouble as He supplies everything we need. Just keep going and know that He is with you.
You can do this . . . because you are not alone.