Wednesday, October 10, 2012

That the Power of God May Rest upon Me

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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.  2 Corinthians 12:9

           I am working full-time in a beautiful high school teaching a subject I love.  Although I have enjoyed my teaching career, and I am grateful to have my position, I would prefer to retire at this time, slow down a bit, write full-time, and concentrate on my children and their children.  I'm not complaining.  I'm just speaking openly.

           However, the reality is that I need to continue working as I do now in order to have adequate income.  The reality doesn't quite add up to the ideal. With that being said, I believe God has blessed me with my job.  He knows exactly where I work, and He is more than able to change my circumstances if He so desires.  In the meantime, I know He gives me the grace I need not only to do what I need to do, but to glorify Him each day.

        The apostle Paul reminds us that God's grace is sufficient for us.  Taking his words to heart, I need to rely on God's strength rather than my own, and focus on God's will rather than mine.  "That the power of Christ may rest upon me."  What a wonderful promise.  It's no wonder Paul said he would "most gladly rather glory in his infirmities". 

          We can apply this Scripture to all of life's circumstances -- finances, health, family.  All our endeavors, every relationship and need, require God's grace.  In our weakness, His strength is made perfect. 

          "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."  2 Timothy 2:1

          May the power of God rest upon you.  His grace is more than sufficient for all your needs, and His strength is made perfect in your weakness.  Thank you for reading today.  You can leave a comment below if you'd like to share your thoughts, or you can email me privately at


  1. Such a timely post for me, Rose. Thank you for sharing you thoughts. I do enjoy your blog.

  2. The 2 Corinthians verse is actually the life verse I've chosen and it's one of my favorites. This was a beautiful post and I can really relate to your circumstances as I got ready to retire almost twenty years ago. Thanks for sharing so much with us!

  3. Rose,
    You have a way with words. Thank you for being authentic and sharing the hope and grace God has given you...and you extend to others like me who need it.

  4. It's also my life verse, Sandra. God gave it to me at a very challenging time in my life twenty years ago, and he's been faithful with it ever since. His strength is so much better and more effective at getting done what's really important. But I have to remind myself of that constantly when I'm tempted to take over!

  5. Thank you Jill for sharing that today. His Grace really is the most effective. May His grace be with you today and always.

  6. Thank you for sharing this!! I am currently experiencing difficulty in an accounting class I am taking. I understand the basic concept but cannot grasp how to do the actual work (if that makes sense). Therefore, I am going to apply this verse toward my situation and believe that God will give me the victory!!!!!!!