“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).
Paul says in verse 7 he was given a thorn in the flesh to buffet him. He prayed three times asking the Lord to remove the thorn from him. Although theologians disagree on exactly what the “thorn” was, it was something Paul had to deal with, something to humble him. The great Apostle Paul was working ministry and living holy, God didn’t answer his prayer request the way Paul wanted. Paul wanted the thorn removed yet Jesus answered his prayer saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness,” (see verse 9).
Paul didn’t whine. He didn’t complain. He didn’t stop living holy or working ministry. Instead, Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” I had to make a similar declaration and change my perspective. I had to realize being diagnosed with cancer wasn’t a curse. Perhaps God allowed me to be diagnosed with cancer so His strength could be “made perfect” in my weakness. Maybe I was diagnosed to glorify the Lord. Put another way, my diagnosis wasn’t about me, but about Him. I could use my cancer journey to empower and inspire others to let the light of Christ shine through their situations and lives as well.
Realizing that embracing our weaknesses, and leaning upon Christ’s grace for strength, don’t make us weak but strong is one of the key ingredients to overcoming every hardship life throws our way.
- What is God’s grace?
- Journal about a time when God’s grace was clearly manifested in your life.
- How do you feel about showing weakness?
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