These strong, simple words can be spiritual adrenaline for us when we need them. They were written by a man who knew what he was talking about, as he himself was in prison. He was writing to a young minister who was also suffering and evidently tempted by doubt, fear, even uncertainty of his call. The older man admonished him very lovingly to take his share of suffering, take his share of hardship like a good soldier and to “take strength from the grace of God” (2 Tim. 2:1).
Where shall I ever find the strength I need to get through this experience, this ordeal, this day, this week? The answer is, Take it! Take it from the grace that is ours already, in Christ Jesus.
“Here it is,” He is saying. “Will you have some?”
“Yes, thank You, Lord. I’ll take it.”
**Excerpt originally published in “A Lamp Unto My Feet”, pg. 70-71