But he said to me, “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.
My late mother was known for treating shingles the traditional way. The method was passed down to her from her mother and from her ancestors. Once, one of her old friends, who was also a western trained medical doctor had shingles. He came to consult my mother. As the method my mother used involved herbs and natural means, enabling the body to heal itself and build up immunity, it normally takes weeks to fully recover. Her friend decided to take a costlier course by taking antibiotics and medicines, because he could not bear the length of time to recovery.
The urge to seek quick solution to problems is imbedded in everyone of us. When we are confronted with problems and challenges, both within us and in our external circumstance, the tendency for us is to seek the fastest route to solve it, sometimes at all costs. I have a friend who once said to me that the motto in his life is to seek the path with least resistance. At times, we need this kind of attitude in our life, so that we can efficiently organise our lives, activities, businesses or ministries. Without any doubt, in a commercial or professional setting, this is one of the qualities we seek in the employees.
However, this kind of impatience to fix our lives very quickly, may counteract God’s way of bringing healing, restoration, and true freedom - financial, emotional or spiritual in our lives. The Lord is longsuffering. He has our best interest in His heart. He is interested in our problems – either it is within us - something got to do with our character, or our external circumstance, which has to do with our families, community or nation. He has the best solution in store for us. His solution is always to seek long term benefits, bearing fruits that last.
Whatever you are faced with in your life today, be patient. Do not seek short cut. Submit your weaknesses, infirmity, predicament, “mountains and giants” to Him. Hear from Him concerning your situation. Sometimes even hearing takes time. Once you have heard Him, hold on to His words and promises. Let Him work out long lasting healing and restoration in your life.
If Christ is sufficient for us, is that a sufficient reason for you to lean on His strength and His way?