“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.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
I’ve written before that I despise the “one day at a time” mantra, but that it’s really true that that is how we have to live in Christ. It isn’t that we don’t plan for the future – more that in our difficult times, we simply get from one day to the next using sufficient grace, to travel through our problems to the other side. “My strength is made perfect in weakness” means that true, reliable strength only c0mes to us after being forged through the fire of infirmities, of tragedies, of suffering. That is why a firm foundation in God is so vitally important. If we have not been tested – if we have not been forged – then we are relying on a false strength. When that first serious trouble comes, we will learn that very quickly. It is that reliance on God through it that will make us stronger.
The power of Christ rests upon us. That is an intense thing!