Today’s Scripture: 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. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

There are many examples of inventions that failed at their intention but became successful at an alternate use. The slinky is one popular example. Probably the most helpful discovery by accident was penicillin. Alexander Fleming returned from a vacation and found that a contaminated petri dish had a mold that was preventing the growth of bacteria. After several weeks of testing, he was able to verify that the penicillin was the cause.

Although Alexander Fleming received a noble prize for his discovery of penicillin, he recognized he had little to glory in the discovery. Fleming would later say, “When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer, but I suppose that was exactly what I did.” He recognized he discovered it by accident, not because of work he had done. 

Just as he recognized he did nothing except determine that the mold was penicillin, we have nothing to glory in ourselves. We can do nothing without Christ. Paul had prayed that his “thorn in the flesh” be removed, but God answered that His strength was made perfect in weakness. Paul then recognized he had nothing to glory in except the trials that God had brought him through. He recognized that when God uses our weaknesses, it has nothing to do with us, but rather it shows God’s power, and he determined to use his infirmities and struggles in this life to show others the power of God. 

Are you facing situations that are too much for you to handle? God will give you strength to keep going, and when others see how He has brought you through, He will be glorified. Trust His strength today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.