THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
April 14, 2014
Jesus asked the Father three times that the cup pass from
him (Mt 26:39,42,44). Paul begged the Lord three times that
the thorn in his flesh leave him (2 Cor 12:7-8). Both of them
were severely tormented. They preferred not having the cup
or the thorn. But God thought otherwise. The cup given to
and accepted by Jesus resulted in his winning salvation for
the world. The thorn in Paul's flesh just highlighted the
fact that God's power is made perfect in human weakness.
How about us? What is our cup or our thorn? What is that one
circumstance that we desperately want to be rid of? How many
times have we been asking the Lord to remove it?
If you have asked three times, that is enough. God is not
deaf. God hears our every prayer. But God has His ways, so
very different from ours. We cannot keep insisting that we
know best what is good for us, no matter how painful the situation
is for us. Just say, "not as I will, but as you will."
Then just hear God say, "My grace is sufficient for you."
Then boast most gladly of your weaknesses.