God Gives Us Strength To Handle Trials

The Bible tells us to pray. The Bible says that we are to take our burdens to the Lord. So, we have a burden, a problem… and we take it to the Lord and we expect God to solve the problem… take away the problem.
But that doesn’t happen. Instead, God allows the problem to stay and He tells us that He will give us the grace.. the strength.. to deal with it. But that’s not what we wanted to hear. We wanted God to remove the problem. But God doesn’t always do that.
Paul could testify about that. In II Corinthians 12:8-12, Paul said, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Think about what Paul said… “Three different times I BEGGED the Lord take it away..” Paul prayed three different times for God to remove His thorn in the flesh but it didn’t happen. Instead, Paul said that God told him, “My grace is sufficient for the…”
God didn’t take Paul’s thorn away. He told Paul to deal with it. God gave Paul strength to handle it.
That’s a tough word, isn’t it? I mean, most of us have at times had a thorn in the flesh and we BADLY wanted God to remove it. But it doesn’t happen.
Maybe it’s a person you don’t care for. Maybe you want a new job. Maybe a new church. But God says, “this is where I want you… I will give you the strength to deal with it.”
Today, maybe God has told you that. I definitely don’t know what your problem is but God will give us strength to deal with it.

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