God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient. - Colossians 1:11 (NCV)
In the opening chapter of Job (v. 8), God asks Satan if he has considered his servant Job? That’s what I’d classify as a loaded question. “Have you considered my servant Job?” At first reading, the question might carry an air of privilege. We too might be inclined to appreciate God asking the same question when it comes to us. After all, as Paul says in Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Doesn’t that bring out a “bring it on” attitude in you? I know it does in me.
And then it happens. A husband redirects his emotions to another woman. Your health is attacked by a debilitating condition. Your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The job you thought would give you some security is no more. The friend you counted on is not answering your messages.
I was in conversation with a woman recently whose child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. She cannot believe that God actually believes she can handle what’s ahead. Her comment took me back to when I first received my diagnosis. I remember asking God what he was thinking. Did he really believe that I’d handle illness with grace and poise? How could he ever expect to be glorified by my condition? I was now faced with the very same question I asked years ago. How would I respond to her? Just two weeks ago, her son was playing baseball and this week he began chemo. Only a week ago, I remember thinking, I was working on my thesis proposal and now I have to begin daily injections.
The biggest mistake we can make as Believers is to think that being tight with God means we’ll escape the toxins of this world. The second is to believe that God has given us the power and strength we need to get through anything. Wrong! What he has done is given us access to his strength and his power. It says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So the way I figure it, admitting my weakness affords God the opportunity to perfect his power. In the first few days of my diagnosis, I remember asking God to speak to me as I embarked on this unexpected journey. He led me to Colossians 1:11, revealing his power and what he would do with it for the purpose of fueling endurance and patience in me. I took a deep breath and braced myself for what I knew was unknown to me but not to him. Jesus had walked the journey and crossed the finish line so what better coach could I ask for?
We are not “considered” because of our strength but because of our dependence on God’s strength. It is okay to ask God what he was thinking when he asks that we be “considered” as long as we quickly realize that he’s ready to supply all we need for the journey. After all, the victory gained in healing, restoration, provision, etc. has one purpose, to glorify HIM!
Let’s pray: My dearest Lord, forgive me for believing that you have strengthened me to withstand the toxins of this world. It is your power and strength that will serve to take me through this situation and come out of it victorious in your mighty name and for your glory. In Jesus name, amen!
Daisy is the director of counseling at a private university. For many years Daisy has had a passion for the discipleship of women (learn more at ratedgdiscipleship.com). Daisy lives in Chicago with her husband Rico. They have two daughters, both of whom were married in 2017.