Paul asked the Lord to remove a certain ‘thorn in the flesh’ and Jesus’ response was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. One of the most difficult things to see and embrace in the Christian life is the fact that our human strengths only hinder God’s working. Our limitations and shortcomings do serve to build spiritual character and subsequently allow the Lord to work through us in miraculous ways, but our own human efforts are of no value. Our part is to discipline ourselves to remain in that state of brokenness and in that we deepen our worship and spiritual communion with Him. Then we can begin to recognize His voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit and watch as He works through us.

 

There are rare moments when we get a glimpse of this principle, however it is fleeting; almost immediately afterwards we revert back to pride in our accomplishments. Even after the Lord has shown us some profound truth and we know it is from Him, we then begin to proclaim it as though it was our idea and the pride of our insight overshadows the Lord’s revelation. Employing God’s power in our lives is not unlike an athlete who disciplines himself in order to achieve perfection; we must continually remind ourselves that “there is no good thing in us”, “we must decrease, He must increase”, “the meek shall inherit the earth”, “the last shall be first” and we must be a “servant to all”.

 

As I look back over the years I can now plainly see that most of the effort I expended to accomplish things in my life was of very little benefit, if any. Only what is done for Christ counts and much greater things could have been done if I had seen that the time and effort could have been better used in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. Only He can move mountains, change lives, perform the miraculous and open the eyes of the blind around us.

 

Farther along we’ll know all about it

Farther along we’ll understand why

Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine

We’ll understand it all by and by . . . (Farther along)