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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Paul had a “thorn in his flesh.” We don’t know what it was, but he described it as “a messenger of Satan to torment me.” Paul had been given a vision of heaven. He didn’t write a book about it, or go on the talk show circuit. He had seen things, he said, “man is not permitted to tell.” His “thorn” was to keep him from being conceited, after this magnificent vision. He prayed three separate times for the “thorn” to be taken away. Instead of taking away the “thorn,” God gave him the promise found in today’s passage.
God promised to give Paul all he needed. God’s grace would always be sufficient. Paul understood that his weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties would be the perfect platform for God to show his power. Paul understood the divine paradox—“When I am weak, then I am strong.”
You may be going through a very difficult time today. You feel weak and limited. You have prayed often for your “thorn” to be removed. It remains. Could it be that your challenges are a platform for God’s power? Could it be that God is using your weaknesses to show his strength? I know this is not an easy assignment. But can you say with Paul, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”? Say it again. God is using you in a powerful way…even in your limitations.
Father, I pray for those going through a difficult time. Please let them feel the tangible warmth of your presence. Let them know you understand how difficult their situation is. Show them that you are using their weakness for your glory. Remind them that you never waste our time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Ron Moore's blog
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