Tag: Strong

An Elastic Promise!

Grace Gemsby George Everard

“Help on the Way to the Better Land!” 1873

Very rich and full is the promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

It has been spoken of as an elastic promise. The word “sufficient” may not sound very great, but it stretches according to a man’s necessity.

A Christian’s need may be great today–and the word “sufficient” reaches it.
It may be ten times as great tomorrow–but the word “sufficient” reaches it still.
The grace is still sufficient for the greater need–as for the lesser.

The promise shows also that not until we are weak–does the Lord bestow His strength. We may be too strong for the Lord to help us. Gideon’s army must be brought almost to nothing, before the Lord will use it to overthrow the Midianites. And until we are brought low in our own thoughts, until the discipline employed has thoroughly emptied us of all high imaginings as to what we can do, or we can effect, or we can bear–we cannot be strong in the Lord.

“When I am weak,” and not before, “then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10.

When I have learned experimentally . . . that I am a bruised reed, that I have in myself no power to endure affliction, that left to myself I shall assuredly rebel against the rod, and murmur against the gracious Hand that holds it–then the Lord draws near by the Spirit, and gives a joy and a peace that nothing can destroy!

by George Everard

God Is Strong

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

God is not waiting to show us strong in His behalf but Himself strong in our behalf. That makes a lot of difference. He is not out to demonstrate what we can do but what He can do. But God is on the lookout for candidates with hearts perfect toward Him. He is not a talent scout looking for somebody strong enough or good enough. He is looking for someone with a heart set on pleasing Him and an eye single to His glory. He will do the rest.

What a wonder that God will use our lives to demonstrate Himself! But we like to demonstrate ourselves and do great exploits in God’s behalf. That reverses the process and God does not get the glory. We have seen enough of what men can do for God; we need to see more of what God can do through men.

He has shown Himself strong in our behalf many a time. And what He has done for others, He will do for you.

by Vance Havner