Academic Infirmities

A Thought for Midterms Week:

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

The Bible is filled with examples of people who had infirmities, yet God used that very weakness to show Himself strong. Moses had a stutter, yet he led the nation of Israel. Thomas had doubt, but God helped him believe. Paul had a thorn in the flesh, yet God used him to pen parts of the Bible.

In my own life, public speaking has never been a strong point. While others can go before an audience and wax eloquent having spent little time preparing, I often prepare for hours, rehearsing what I intend to say, only to draw a blank on presentation day. While it is embarrassing to stand before an audience and fumble through a speech, that is the very weakness which God uses continuously to show Himself strong in my own life.

With midterms this week, academically speaking, what is your infirmity? Is there something that you just keep on doing more poorly on than you anticipate? Is there a class that you have no idea how you are going to pass? Prepare to do your best and give it to Him. Let God show you just how strong He is, so you, just as Paul did, can say through the power of Christ, “for when I am weak, then am I strong."

2 Responses

  1. Rebekah

    Thanks for sharing! That was very encouraging to me! I have the class that you mentioned (the one I don’t know how I’m gonna pass) and the midterm is tommorow. His grace is sufficient for me. Thanks again for your post!

  2. Jon

    Great analogy, Emily; thanks for sharing!

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