A man had a wife who was not very strong, but who always imagined she was far worse than she was, and complained accordingly.  The husband was a strong man physically, and, at first, caved into her.  He used to carry her from room to room, or, if she wished out into the garden.  Of course, as you would expect, the woman got worse and worse.  She became a doll.  He had to lift and carry her everywhere.  One day, the husband made up his mind, after receiving advice of competent people (doctors), that she was quite able to walk into the garden by herself, and he made her do it.   He had to stand back and watch her struggle and stumble.  In a sense, he had the power to save her from falling; but it was his purpose, even to let her bruise herself, in order that she might learn to walk.  It was the exercise of a greater power to stand away.  To intervene would have been weakness.  To refrain was power. It was much harder to refrain. But, it achieved its purpose’   Again and again she complained.  Many times it would have been easier to have carried her, and he suffered anguish when he saw her fall.  But, at last, she was cured, her character was strengthened, and happiness, which would other wise have been impossible, was produced.

  This made me think about the Apostle Paul and his thorn in the flesh.   I will not speculate as to what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was.  Whatever it was, Paul counted it as torment.  He prayed (pleaded) with God three times for Him to take it away.  Listen to God’s answer to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Paul’s response, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 

 Like Paul, we must learn to be content with things as they are. Of course, making them better, if we can, but accepting what cannot be changed. The woman in the illustration must have been hungry for her husband’s strength.  How hungry the husband must have been to take her in his arms when she stumbled.  Yet, this would have never enabled her to grow strong.

  We cry for God’s strength, and power, and might and wonder why, He doesn’t stop wars, cancer, tragic accidents, suffering, wrongs.  God in his infinite power is eager to sweep us up in His arms, and save us from all of this. But, if He did, we would cease to grow and develop. 

  We need to understand the purpose of God for all mankind.  What is His purpose?  Is it not, that we come to a knowledge of His will, and to chose His will for our lives?  The Bible is the adequate piece of His mind. God’s word, the Bible, is the mind of God.  We can know His mind by knowing the Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation.  God would have us to use all of His resources to bring us into complete harmony with His will.  Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, “Not my will but Your will be done.”

  That must always be our prayer whatever the circumstances.  Don’t rob yourself of struggle.


  1. You are right Max ! Being content in any situation is learned. It is depending completely on God for every thing in ones life . It’s not easy, but with God’s help it is possible !
    ” With out Him,I could do nothing”

  2. Great Devotional Max.

    I have ministered to a couple that sounds very much like the one mentioned here. It was only when the husband stood firm that progress could be made for his wife. He had empowered her by giving in to her demands. It was only through much prayer, much study of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit that he was able to stand back and force her to take baby steps on her own …. then assist her as she walked …and now they enjoy an early morning light jog together …. “Through God all things are possible, to those who will believe” !!!!

    Preach On !!!

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