Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
From the Reformer
For when I am weak, that is—The more deficiency there is in me, so much the more liberally does the Lord, from his strength, supply me with whatever he sees to be needful for me. For the fortitude of philosophers is nothing else than contumacy, or rather a mad enthusiasm, such as fanatics are accustomed to have. “If a man is desirous to be truly strong, let him not refuse to be at the same time weak. “Let him,” I say, “be weak in himself that he may be strong in the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:10.) Should any one object, that Paul speaks here, not of a failure of strength, but of poverty, and other afflictions, I answer, that all these things are exercises for discovering to us our own weakness; for if God had not exercised Paul with such trials, he would never have perceived so clearly his weakness. Hence, he has in view not merely poverty, and hardships of every kind, but also those effects that arise from them, as, for example, a feeling of our own weakness, self-distrust, and humility.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Corinthians
Pulling It Together
At the police department, the captain liked to “quote” God when people realized that God had seen them through a tough situation. He would say—as though it were God speaking—”I got that.” There are things too difficult for us to lift, let alone carry, though God can and will. Rarely though, will he shove you out of the way for the privilege. Sometimes it takes awhile to reach the realization that you cannot not carry the load and that God wants to carry it for you. When you get there, hear the captain’s reminder: “I got that.”
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers