According to Our Infirmities

Part of Jesus' amazing grace is the merciful truth that he suffered through the very infirmities he gave to us.

August 11, 2019

Ether 12:27

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

I can’t stop thinking about this scripture. I even went to the trouble of writing a hymn about it, which turned out to be a difficult and wonderful experience. In the verse above we learn that our weaknesses were actually given to us by the Savior for a very important purpose. Admittedly, I sometimes wonder why he would give us the very weaknesses that make us vulnerable to sin and suffering.

This all becomes much easier to stomach when we remember that our sufferings became his own. Indeed, “I Stand All Amazed” when I remember that he didn’t just divy out arbitrary weaknesses only to let us struggle through them, offering only an occasional helping hand if we ask politely. No, he already voluntarily went through everything we are struggling through and is with us every step of the way!

Alma 7:11-13

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.