DEVOTION – DAY 39

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 – “God’s grace is sufficient for us”

 

2 Corinthians 12:8-9: “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’ power may rest on me.

Have you ever cried out to God for help but He did not appear to respond? Many have prayed for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. But defeating the virus is not possible yet. The apostle Paul also had a similar experience. He had an unnamed affliction and he prayed for its removal three times but the affliction remained. Instead of giving Paul what he asked for, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you and my power is made perfect in weakness.” How does this work?

The pandemic had caused some families to lose their livelihood. Before, they had relied on their own abilities to get income. The sudden loss of their jobs and income meant that their only source of help was to cry out to God. Through the help of our Church and others, food and essential provisions were provided for the needy. Those affected can only give God all the glory because it is He who is behind all their provisions. God’s power is revealed at times of weakness felt by the affected families. A teacher had to teach online. It was something she had never done before. She had to learn how to use Zoom and think creatively. She had to ask the Lord to give her ideas and new ways to communicate expressively so that she could hold the students’ attention. She had to rely on the Lord to help her to be more effective as she teaches her students online. And she gives God all the glory because she knows her confidence comes from the Lord. Before the pandemic, she had never used Zoom. Someone had planned a trip abroad and was looking forward to the holiday. The closing of borders because of the global pandemic meant that the holiday had to be canceled. Instead of enjoying himself, he is now spending more time reading God’s Word, meditating upon it and using it to minister to others. Glory goes to God.

In each of the three real life examples given out of countless others, God did not remove the pandemic. But God used the pandemic in unique ways in each of these three situations to manifest His power and for His glory. Are you wondering how long this crisis will last? Instead, will you ask the Lord to show you how His power may be made perfect in your present weakness?

 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we trust in your sufficiency and your power for us. Help us to fall into your plans for us in every circumstance so that we can give you all the glory. In Jesus Christ wonderful name we pray. Amen.  

 

Questions

  1. Have you been impatient and wondering when a vaccine could be found? Will you wait upon the Lord instead?
  2. In what ways can you see God’s glory being revealed in the lives of people around you during this Covid-19 pandemic?
  3. How has God’s grace been sufficient for you in this time of personal weakness?