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May 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

How is God’s power completed in your weakness?


“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Today we want to turn our attention to the words of Paul found in 2 Corinthians 12. Take a moment and reread the passage. God’s grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in our weakness. In the midst of life’s obstacles and issues, the sufficiency of God’s grace should serve as a great source of comfort.  We could spend weeks on the sufficiency of God’s grace in the midst of our weakness.  This principle provides us with a foundation for our faith and serves as the hope of our transformation.  It reminds us to lean on His grace in our weakness, for this is exactly where His strength is found.

 

Think about why God said this to Paul.  This was an answer to Paul’s prayer.  What question did Paul ask that prompted this response?  Did Paul ask about grace?  No.  Paul pleaded with God three times to take away his thorn. Remove the obstacle. Correct the interruption. Lessen the pressure.  God answers Paul’s request by saying, “My grace is sufficient.  My power is perfected in your weakness.” Not exactly what Paul was hoping for in the midst of the circumstances he faced.  He wanted relief, but God gave Him strength. Don’t miss this.

 

The fact that God’s grace is enough becomes a treasure because it brings strength.  We fall short when we look for relief instead of strength.  God graciously answers in a way that changes us instead of creating a way that makes life easier. When we think of grace, our minds tend to gravitate towards a picture of a mountaintop experience where we are filled with the love of Jesus. We are saved so we can now relax, put everything on autopilot and wait for our comfy place in heaven. We’ve got God’s grace so we are good to go.

 

However, God isn’t done with us at salvation. No, at salvation, God is just beginning to mold and shape us so we reflect His heart. We are unfinished products. We are works in progress. If God wants us to be conformed into the image of His Son then His grace can become a bit uncomfortable. But, look at Paul’s response.  He embraces this truth; I will speak of and rejoice in my weaknesses that God’s power might be seen. Where are you looking for relief rather than relying on God’s strength?  How is God’s power completed in your weakness?

 

This my Prayer: Father God, I will trust You when You don’t answer me according to my request.  Jesus I will rejoice in the fact that You offer me Your strength instead of simple relief.  Lord give me confidence in the fact that You use everything to bring about Your life in mine.  God thank You for Your patience with me and teaching me to hear Your voice.  I do not want to miss a single opportunity for You to be seen in me.  In Jesus name, Amen.


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