2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Paul asked the Lord to heal him and take away the pain. Instead, as we read in 2 Corinthians 12:9, God gave him something better. Pauls’ thorn in the flesh kept him humble. It would be too easy for him to be exalted into a state of spiritual pride. He had a taste of God’s glory. He later wrote concerning his suffering that it was not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed. “Most gladly will I glory in my infirmities that the power of God may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Last month I had my knee replaced. I am still recovering. My leg is weak, but I cling to Jesus. I am dependent on the Lord to strengthen me and I believe in the months ahead, my knee will be so much stronger. The pain and discomfort are worth it now because I am counting on a good outcome. Soon I’ll be able to declare like Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Thank you Lord, that when I am weak you are strong.
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