Hope in His Power: Questions Answered
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Verse 7: Attacks can help us to focus upon God and His Word just like Jesus did in Matthew 4:1-11(NKJV)
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” , Psalms 91:12 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ “
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Verse 8: We can learn from Jesus and His seeking the Father’s will in prayer in Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV)
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
Verse 9: Seeking Him leads us to His power and strength
as we also see in Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Verse 10: His power is in us when we know Him as we see also in 2 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NKJV)
4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified.
So many times, we have questions of God and for God. When will this end? What are You trying to show me? Why me? Where is this taking me? How am I ever going to make it? Jesus is the answer. God has all the answers. We must seek Him and listen to Him through His Scriptures and all the circumstances He is showing us in our journey. He is always there and yes always there even when you question. Jesus showed us the power of prayer and power in the Scriptures.
So, know God has an answer through His love for you. Yes, you are loved beyond measure and it is truly His immeasurable love for you. So, seek Him, praise Him and thank Him for His love and know that whatever you are going through He is there. When you share how He brought you through give Him all the Glory.
Father: I thank You for answers and I praise You for what I have learned through the storms when I leaned into Your love. I pray that when I share what You did for me that You get all the Glory and that others will learn of Your love. Thank You for listening to our prayers and showing us answers through Your Scriptures and through the people and circumstances we encounter. Your love never fails, and we thank You Jesus for sharing Your love for us. In Your Holy Name I pray! Amen!