Perhaps one of the greatest examples of a servant of the Lord enduring when there was every reason to give up was the Apostle Paul. As you read these verses below, think of what he endured.
“With far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:23–30).
Three times in Paul’s ministry the pressure seemed beyond what he could bear, and he turned to the Lord asking for relief. In return, the Lord responded; ““My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
No one may know exactly what you are going through, but I am sure that if you compare it to Paul’s experiences, it would seem much less. There is something that you can experience in the same way that Paul did; the sufficient grace of Christ and His power. May that rest upon you with its full weight and sufficient power!
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