This Christian poem is based on the Bible verse 2 Corinthians12:9 ‘And (the Lord) said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.’ Beverley Joy
God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness
God’s grace is sufficient for us
It is complete and all we need
When life is good or bad.
It is only when we are weak
Can anything be done for us
Completely by God’s power
And His strength remain in us.
Jesus kept Paul the Apostle
Humble and dependent on Him
God will not compete with our self-sufficiency
But, He knows that trials tame our pride.
Paul suffered a ‘thorn in the flesh’
A physical handicap
With time, he accepted his ailment
And learnt to rely on God’s strength.
Paul did not have his request granted
That his ‘thorn’ be removed from him
God always hears and answers prayer
According to His will.
Instead of praying for the ‘thorn in your flesh’
To depart from you, learn from Paul
Be content in your current situation
Or frustration will rule your life.
God reminds and challenges us
That He can use trials for our good
God waits for us to surrender and pray
“Not mine but your will be done.”
In the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
Go to Him and receive His strength
And marvel at how God supplies
Divine mercy, strength and grace.
God’s strength is perfect in and of itself
And brings glory and honour to Him
Our human strength is incomplete
And hinders His supreme care.
God’s promise of the sufficiency
Of His grace to bear us up
Will shelter, preserve and protect us
From being crushed by life’s challenges.
Our weakness is God’s opportunity
To show us His capability
God says “When will you get to know Me,
Trust and rely on Me?”
Beverley Joy © 2016 of Simply Story Poetry
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The Zondervan NASB Study Bible 1999 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible 1960 Marshall, Morgan & Scot