The Gift of Affliction

Who thinks of trouble as a blessing? Paul of course and he is a fine example for all of us.

At first, I didn’t think of it as a gift and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. (2 Corinthians 12: 6-10, MSG)

Unfortunately, we are not good at spotting our pride, so the Lord sometimes helps us in subtle ways to recognize it in ourselves.

What are you combating today? Swallow your pride and let Christ take over.

Prayer- Father God, give us the courage to seek you and all you offer in both our pride and our trials. Amen.

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