2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT)
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I can relate to the Apostle Paul here. He had some type of ailment or thorn in the flesh as he called it. He asked God to remove it several times, but God said, “My grace is sufficient ..”
Yes. It is true. His grace is sufficient.
I just reached the 6-year mile marker of a journey with chronic pain. And I have learned that this pain causes me to rest on Him. In the past, I trusted in my own strength, but now His grace is sufficient for me.
Even in ministry, I found myself doing everything from my own wisdom and my own strength. So God had to take me down a few notches. He needed me to look to Him for wisdom and strength. Oh, how it is so much better to lean on Him. So much more can be accomplished through Him when I allow Him to do the work. And it is so much more exciting to see Him do it!
I have been there with Paul asking,
“Can you take the pain away now? I have learned my lesson.”
And God responds,
“Really? Do you really think that you would continue to lean on Me or would you fall back into your old ways and begin again to trust your own strength.?”
Sadly, I think I know the answer.
I believe that no matter my good intentions, I would fall back on my own power.
So I accept this weakness, this “Thorn in the Flesh”.
For me, it is very literal. But I accept this pain and I lean on Him. Because His grace is sufficient. And His power is made perfect in my weakness.
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Here’s a favorite old hymn by Mosie Lister