Scripture:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Observation:

Paul was given a messenger from Satan (thorn) to keep him from becoming prideful. At Paul’s request to remove the “thorn”, Jesus answers Paul telling him that his grace is sufficient to cover everything. The power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit is best expressed when we are the weakest on our own. Rather than boast about all his experiences or what he has done for the church at Corinth Paul will boast about his weakness so he can show the power of Christ. Hardships, persecution, insults that we will face for being a believer are all opportunities to rely on His strength.

Application:

I must remember that God allows and places things in our lives where we are totally reliant on to Him for strength to face whatever situation. No matter what stands in my path trouble or accomplishments, God’s grace is enough. I should be humble and know my greatest need has already been met through Jesus death, burial and resurrection. This is definitely counter cultural to think that when I am the weakest, Christ can strengthen me to face my trouble. Others will be able to see the love and power of Christ by how we walk with Him in difficult situations. Rather than get angry or retaliate if someone insults me for our belief, Paul tells us to take pleasure and see it as an opportunity to share the love and Gospel.

Prayer:
Father,
Thank you for your grace! Let your Spirit strengthen me to face hardships and be an opportunity to share your Gospel. May I walk with you so that others have the opportunity to see your power through me.