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I’m searching for a way to rise above the trials and tribulations of this life to see it all from God’s perspective.  The end result of avoiding pain is not always positive.  In fact, most of the time it is quite the opposite.

God has been faithful to remind me that His grace is sufficient each time I go through some kind of painful trial.  It is necessary to grasp the paradox that when I am weak then I am strong.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.  (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

The story of Jonathan and his armor bearer taking down a half acre of Philistines by God’s power is now one of my favorite Bible stories and furthers my understanding of all things being possible through Him.  (1 Samuel 14)

One day Jonathan told his armor bearer,  “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine garrison which is on the other side,” but he did not tell his father. Saul was sitting on the outskirts of Geba under the pomegranate tree which was at Migron, and with him were about 600 men. Along with him were Ahitub’s son Ahijah, Ichabod’s brother, who was Phineas’ son and a grandson of Eli the priest of the LORD at Shiloh, who was carrying the ephod. The people did not know that Jonathan had gone. Now in the pass through which Jonathan planned to get across to the Philistine garrison, there was a sharp crag on one side and a sharp crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other was Seneh. One crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba. Jonathan told his armor bearer,  “Come, let’s go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised ones. Perhaps the LORD will work for us, since nothing prevents the LORD from delivering, whether by many or by a few.” His armor bearer told him, “Do whatever you want. Let’s move out!  I’m right here with you, as you wish.”  Jonathan said, “Look, we’re going over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them. If they say to us, ‘Stay there until we come to you,’ then we will stay where we are and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come up and fight us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hands, and this will be the sign for us.” When the two of them showed themselves to the Philistine garrison, the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have been hiding.” The men of the garrison responded to Jonathan and his armor bearer: “Come up and fight us, and we will show you something.”

Jonathan then told his armor bearer, “Follow me, for the LORD has given them into Israel’s control.” Jonathan crawled up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer following him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer who was behind him also killed some. In the initial attack, Jonathan and his armor bearer struck down about twenty men in an area of about half an acre of land.   The ISV Foundation Committee on Translation. The Holy Bible: International Standard Version (Kindle Locations 21746-21751). Davidson Press, LLC. Kindle Edition.

God has a store of “treasures” ready to go against the enemy!  Power, wisdom and understanding of which He makes rain and lightning and wind!  (Jeremiah 51:15-16)    If God be for us, who can be against us!? (Romans 8:31)  So be strong in the Lord and the Power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.  Jeremiah 51:15-16

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. 1 Samuel 14:6

Lord it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many or with them that have no power:  Help us O Lord our God for we rest on Thee and in Thy name we go against the multitudes.   2 Chronicles 14:11

Not by might nor by power but by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts.  Zechariah 4:6

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

If God be fore us who can be against us?  Romans 8:31  (The Christian’s hope)

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Isaiah 51:6

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. I Peter 4:7

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.  Hosea 6:3

© Debora Gilley June 2017

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