Most Christians are familiar with the scripture that says God’s grace is sufficient for His people. We have either quoted the scripture that is accompanied by the Apostle Paul speaking of Christ being strong in Paul’s weakness, or, we have heard other people teach on the subject. All of this is well and good, but far too often, we become so familiar with a scripture that we overlook a fresh glimpse we could get from it.
Strength in Weakness
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul received the reply about God’s sufficient grace after asking God to remove his thorn in the flesh. As a matter of fact, Paul approached God concerning this issue three times. How many times have you asked God to remove your “thorn” or that which causes you pain, discomfort, grief, or irritation?
God’s answer was not what most of us would expect. He told Paul that, not only was His grace all that was needed, but He also told Paul that His power was made perfect in weakness. Despite the sting to his flesh, Paul chose to rejoice in his problems because he knew the power of Christ was resting on him. What if God is telling you that His grace is all you need? Does that bring a twinge of disappointment? Although I completely understand feeling less than thrilled, I must tell you that God is right. His grace is sufficient—it is all we need.
Grace gives us the power we need to overcome sin. Grace brings us through the impossible. The grace of God is what will bring us face to face with our God when this life is over. When we finally discover the power of grace, we should rejoice when God reminds us that His grace is sufficient.
Can You Take Pleasure in Weakness?
I admit it sounds a bit strange to say that you can take pleasure in weakness, but that is exactly what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10. Because grace is just what he needs, Paul can rejoice. Not because he is weak, but because God is able to bring glory from Paul’s weaknesses. That is why you should rejoice. God can bring a message to others through your struggles. He will give you all you need to get through the challenges and impossible situations you face.
Of course, that does not mean we are horrible human beings when we feel disappointed or grieved. Those are natural human feelings. What it does mean is that, although we might be grieved, we can place our hope and trust in God. Joy and peace come soon after.
What Was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?
Although many have speculated over the source of Paul’s thorn in the flesh, we truly do not know. Some have suggested that Paul was blind. Others have suggested that he had epilepsy. Perhaps his thorn was not so much a physical issue as it was an emotional issue. It could be any of the issues mentioned, yet, it could be none. No matter the issue, God had what Paul needed.
Whatever your thorn is, God has what you need. There is no sickness nor any other affliction greater than the God we serve. He is able to bring you out on the other side as a victor! Although it is not easy, cooperating with Him in the process is vital.
What about you? What is afflicting or grieving you? God has what you need. He has an all-sufficient grace that never fails.
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