“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
It has been a while since I have written here. Life seems to get busy as summer comes along. I hope to be more diligent with writing posts to my blog. Let’s look at the verse above.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul is defending himself against the attacks of those who would discredit him in his work for God. He begins in chapter 11 listing all of his qualifications then moves into chapter 12 where he is reminded of a thorn in his flesh. What was this thorn in the flesh? Conjecture is all we can do to answer this question, so we will leave it alone at this point. Let’s just say that what ever the thorn was, it was used to help Paul develop humility.
It seems to be something that was at times debilitating because he asked that it be taken away at least three times. It was then that Jesus speaks to him about His grace. This kind of grace is what God gives us to sustain us in times of needs, struggles and heartaches. Jesus tells Paul that it is through these times of weaknesses that His “power is made perfect.” So Paul then states that whatever happens he will boast now in his weakness so that Jesus might be lifted up.
You know that it is easy for us to blame God when things go wrong in our lives. After all, when we became a Christian all the woes and troubles of this world will never hurt us, right? Not completely true. You may disagree with me and that’s ok but friends we are living in fallen world with sin, sickness, and problems. Here’s the key, if we trust that God is on His throne, that Jesus is making intercession for you (giving you His grace to sustain you), and the Holy Spirit is ministering to your heart you will see God’s hand in your life.
Here is what I hope you remember as each of us face the struggles of this life…whatever happens, give God the Glory because He is working through your life to witness to others about the grace that Jesus has in store for all. Share His word and love with those around you in spite of what you are facing because His “power is made perfect in our weakness.” That’s my point for today. Leave a comment if you want and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.