2 Cor. 12:7b-9 “There was given to me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
This morning my back hurts. I’ve known for some time it’s a weakness. Truly it’s hard to boast when it’s a challenge to move easily. You, like me, have your share of “issues” to deal with, too. I’m certain of this because Jesus told us “in this world, you will have trouble.”
So what are we to do? One approach is to focus on the trouble. That’s what most people do. However, that won’t change things, so perhaps another approach would work better. To boast about our trouble.
That’s what Paul did, and it’s a great response for us too. God’s power is made perfect when we accept that He is God, we are not and we celebrate that fact. I know that all of my infirmities are to remind me that I’m a spirit in a clay shell. I came from dust and one day to dust I will return, but God will live forever.
If you’ve accepted Christ into your life, you can ask for and receive his power. Boast about that and your troubles will be a lot less troubling!