“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
No one likes burdens, yet we all have our burdens to bear. Often we look at others and think, “If only I had no burdens like them.” But the truth is, they no doubt are bearing their own burden you know nothing about.
Burdens are no fun, but there is a blessing that often accompanies our burdens. Some flowers, such as a rose, must be crushed before it can release it’s full fragrance. Some fruit must be bruised before it will attain its full ripeness and sweetness. Some metals, such as gold, must be put through the fire before it reaches its full value and purity.
So it is with a child of God. J. Sidlow Baxter said, “It is true with many of us that we must be laid low before we will look high. We must know God’s smiting before we can appreciate God’s smiling.”
But the blessing of our burdens is this…whenever God sends a trial with one hand, He gives us grace with the other hand! Therefore our trials become our triumphs. The very things which seem to break us are the things God uses to make us. Satan may give us a pathway of thorns, but God can turn it into a blanket of roses!
Yes, there is a blessing to your burden…it is God’s grace IN your burden! And He promised that His grace would be sufficient. In fact, God said to Paul in the next part of this verse, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Maybe you are going through a trial, this morning. Don’t resist it; rest in it. Allow God to perfect His strength in you through your trial. Allow His grace to do its work in you and then you will see the blessing of your burden!