"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I've been amazed lately at the strength some people have shown when going through trials and circumstances I can't imagine having to face. They're going through some of the hardest storms imaginable, but are praising God through it all.
I would love to say that I would be the same way, but you never know until faced with the hard times. I do know that God promises to always be there. God tells us clearly that we are going to face trials and difficult times (John 16:33), but He also promises to never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He knows how much we can take, and He promises to walk beside us. God will give us the strength, the peace and the mercy that we need.
The Mark Trammell Quartet song, written by Dianne Wilkinson, "God Knows How Much Mercy I Need," tells us this same principle.
"Now when heartache comes my way
I can hear my Father say
We'll walk together through the dark til we see light
God knows how much mercy I need
No matter the struggle or the trouble I see
When I need a fresh supply
I know He'll be passing by
God knows how much mercy I need.
I've read it in the Psalms
Mercy follows me along
And will all the days of my life
I could never go so far
God can't reach me with his arms
And keep me sheltered til the storm passes by."
When we are faced with the uncertainties of life that will most certainly come, it's comforting to know that God will be beside us. He will give us the mercy to get through the situation.
I've been inspired lately by these friends who have shown incredible faith and peace through life's most difficult circumstances. But they have seen first-hand how God grants them peace in the midst of the storm and how he provides the strength they need.
What a blessing to think that no matter what happens in life, God will always be there. He knows what we will face, and He knows how much mercy we need to make it through.