Saturday, February 17, 2018

God's Shock Absorber

If your car hits a pothole on the highway, your shock absorber softens the impact and gives you a smoother ride. God’s grace is like a spiritual shock absorber that cushions us from the full pain whenever we’re going through a difficult time. If you fall on a pillow on a concrete floor you may experience some aching but the cushion shields you from the complete pain.

Paul had an aggravating “thorn in the flesh” and asked God to take it away. We don’t know exactly what it was but it made his life uncomfortable. The Lord told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Even though God didn’t take away his problem, He gave Paul the grace to get through it. Grace is His power to help us in what we can’t do for ourselves. Through God’s grace Paul was able to tolerate what was bothering him.

Your problem might be an obnoxious person who gets on your nerves, or it could be the grief of losing a loved one. Here is how God can help you: “The Lord is near (shock absorber) to the brokenhearted…” (Psalm 34:18). "The Lord is good, a stronghold (shock absorber) in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him” (Nahum 1:7). He is “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction (shock absorber) ...” (2 Cor. 1:3-4). God’s comfort eases the pain of the affliction.

So the next time you go through an agonizing situation, don’t try to handle it alone. Depend on God’s grace and let His shock absorber help you get through it. 
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