Aches and Pains -- and Prayer! :: Warren Wiersbe
There's that wonderful word sufficient again! "My grace is sufficient for thee!" Jesus Christ is able to meet our phyical needs as well as our spiritual and material needs!
Perhaps you, too, have a "thorn in the flesh," some physical affliction that God has permitted in your life. Paul's affliction was not the result of sin or careless living on his part; rather, it was given to him to keep him from sinning. Like his Lord in Gethsemane, Paul prayed three times that God would remove the thorn; but God did not do so. God did not answer Paul's prayer affirmatively, but He did meet Paul's need! He gave him the grace to turn pain into victory and weakness into power.
The older a man gets, the more he appreciates a strong, healthy body. Certainly a Christian ought to take good care of "the temple of the Holy Ghost" (1 Co. 6:19) for Jesus' sake and for the sake of those who depend on him. But the older we get, the more we feel the "burden of the body"! How easy it is to excuse ourselves from Christian responsibilities simply because we "don't feel up to it."
Christ purchased your body when He died for you on the cross. He wants you to glorify Him and magnify Him through your body (Phil. 1:20-21). He knows your physical weaknesses, and His grace is sufficient to overcome them. Only Christ can change weaknes into strength! If today you just "don't feel up to it," read 2 Corinthians 11:23-33 and see what the grace of God did for Paul!
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)