Do you complain about your weakness? Think about how your weakness highlights God’s strength.

BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 11:30-12:10

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 11:30-12:10

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:58 and ends at about 4:31

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.(KJV)

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:44

     1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 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. 10 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 521:
What God Ordains Is Always Good

— Organ Audio

1. What God ordains is always good; 
His will abideth holy. 
As He directs my life for me, 
I follow meek and lowly. 
God indeed in every need 
Doth well know how to shield me; 
To Him, then, I will yield me. 

2. What God ordains is always good. 
He never will deceive me; 
He leads me in His own right way, 
And never will He leave me. 
I take content What He hath sent; 
His hand that sends me sadness 
Will turn my tears to gladness. 

3. What God ordains is always good. 
His loving thought attends me; 
No poison can be in the cup 
That my Physician sends me. 
My God is true; Each morn anew 
I’ll trust His grace unending, 
My life to Him commending. 

4. What God ordains is always good. 
He is my Friend and Father; 
He suffers naught to do me harm, 
Though many storms may gather. 
Now I may know Both joy and woe, 
Some day I shall see clearly 
That He hath loved me dearly. 

5. What God ordains is always good. 
Though I the cup am drinking 
Which savors now of bitterness, 
I take it without shrinking. 
For after grief God grants relief, 
My heart with comfort filling 
And all my sorrow stilling. 

6. What God ordains is always good. 
This truth remains unshaken. 
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, 
I shall not be forsaken. 
I fear no harm, For with His arm 
He shall embrace and shield me; 
So to my God I yield me. 

Hymn: LSB 603 We Know That Christ Is Raised