Promoting Word Study
The next part. When Sebastian, the boy, decides to give her the name he has chosen. It belonged to his mother who had recently passed away. The name is Martha. When he shouted out that name and believed that he was enough to save the empress and through her, the imaginary land, he realized that the sadness that he believed that name now represented was actually that very thing that saved his imagination and his reality. So what’s my point? Sometimes we spend our lives hiding from names that initially bring us discomfort, only to learn that that very ailment or disadvantage is what makes us the most valuable in God’s eyes, but we have to believe that accepting its name in Christ will change everything.
The Apostle Paul had to do this with an ailment that he had that God would not take away. Let’s look at the story in 2 Corinthians 12: 5-10 NLT, “That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.” Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
What was ailing Paul isn’t specifically mentioned in the bible. We don’t know if it was an actual thorn or a spirit of Satan that visit him or a physical ailment like a limp. However we know what he called it. A thorn. We know he had accepted it because he says, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” We know that he called it by name and boosted about it, but only because He also believed that God’s Grace was sufficient.
It might surprise you, as it did me, to find out that the solution to your peace isn’t healing. It is accepting God’s Grace that will give you the power or confidence to say the name of what ails you and raise above it. Knowing full and well that the moment you stop believing that God’s Grace is enough is the moment that you lose your peace and ability to move forward. What’s in a name? Life and living it more abundantly.
This belief is greatly magnified in my life. God has given me a husband that allows me to have ailments. He has helped me to name them and accept them. He is the first person in my life that has recognized, accepted and appreciated my weaknesses. He doesn’t want me to change. I don’t need to seek help. He helps me live within limits so that I can be happy, healthy and whole. He has helped me lean on the fact that God has graced me to handle my life. Now can I get help? Sure, if I like. But I am not forced to. It’s my choice. It is on my time. He allows me and encourages me to wait on God. What’s in a name? Everything.