If you stopped by today from Encouragement Cafe WELCOME! So glad you are here!
Today's devotional reminds us that the things in the life we consider a limitation or handicap, could actually be the exact thing that Christ is using to perfect us to be more like Him. I don't have all the answers nor do I pretend to understand why some of our prayers seem to go unfulfilled. But I do trust in The One who knows us, who hears us, who loves us more than we can fathom, and I believe that He works ALL THINGS together for good.
This paraphrase of Paul from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (The Message) is the perfect reminder that he too sought to the answer the question of why God allowed limits upon him.
I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! 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.
When the enemy says I am imperfect; God Word says He is using that limitation to perfect me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
What Satan calls my earthly imperfections; God calls our path to perfection in Christ. (Hebrews 7:10-12)
If I never had any limitations in my life, then how could I ever know how to trust God? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
If I had every dream satisfied, why would I ever get down on my knees to pray? (James 5:7-8)
If every longing were fulfilled immediately, then how would I ever learn to wait patiently upon the Lord? (Ecclesiastes 7:8)