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“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10).
Sometimes I don’t feel like I have enough; enough patience, enough energy, enough wisdom, enough time.
When God says His grace is sufficient for us, He means there is as much as is needed; it is enough. What wonderful rest, to realize that I don’t need to worry because God’s grace is sufficient.
Yet these verses go much further. Paul says he actually is glad for his weaknesses. He delights in weakness; he is happy when people insult him. He experiences joy in hardships, persecutions and difficulties.
How can this be true?
Paul had learned that the only way to experience God’s power is in our weakness.
If we think we can do something on our own, God lets us, but we will never know God’s transforming power in our lives until we acknowledge our inability.
When I cry out to God saying I can’t take one more step and ask Him to care for my sick parent, then I see His power at work. I can even be glad that I was weak because it made me cry out for His strength.
When my financial situation goes from tight to impossible, when there are no more pennies for me to pinch, I implore God to intervene, and His grace provides. I’m then delighted in the hardship, because through it I learn the sufficiency of God’s grace.
Holy God, I’m glad that Your grace is sufficient, but I still don’t want to be weak. Make me willing to delight in difficulties because through them You show Your power.
Questions: How has a weakness of yours shown God’s power in your life? How can you delight in weakness and difficulty?