The real office of faith

(Theodore Cuyler, “God’s Light on Dark Clouds”)

“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!” 2 Corinthians 12:9

God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. This means that the Divine power is most conspicuous — when our weakness is the most thoroughly felt. We have got first to be emptied of all self-confidence. A bucket cannot hold air and water at the same time. As the water comes in — the air must go out. When we have been emptied of self-trust — we are in the condition to be filled with might in the inner man, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

A Christian must not only realize his own utter feebleness — 

but he must give up what worldlings rely on, and admit that “vain is the help of man.” That poor woman who had tried all the doctors in her neighborhood, and had only grown worse in body, and poorer in purse is a touching illustration of our invalid souls. She, having despaired of human help came crouching to the feet of the Son of God. Because one touch of His garments sent a new tide of health through her veins. Just so, contact with Christ brings currents of the Divine power into our souls — so that we can do all things through Christ who strengths us!the real office of faith


This is the real office of faith. It is the linking of our utter weakness to the omnipotence of Christ! We furnish the weakness, He furnishes the strength and that makes the partnership! There is no danger that the supply will ever give out. My Lord, my Feeder, my Supporter is constantly saying unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you.” In this way, we are strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power.

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