17 May Grace is Sufficient
Paul’s personal testimony recounts some of the hardships that confronted him (2 Cor. 11:22-28). He was imprisoned, beaten, threatened, stoned, shipwrecked, robbed, and chased throughout his entire ministry. And to add to this, he had a persistent, unrelenting “thorn” oppressing his body (2 Cor. 12:7-8). As a young Christian I used to think that God would keep His best servants in perfect condition and optimal health. Yet, here we see that although Paul prayed for relief, God’s answer was not what he expected. Rather than receiving a grand, sweeping cure, Paul was given a deeper answer: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9). It would be later in my Christian walk that I would see that, God taught Paul a vital lesson: It does not matter how weak we think we are, or how oppressed or downtrodden. In His hands, our weakness makes room for His strength.
Prayer: Father I thank you that your grace is sufficient for me. Even though weakness disqualifies me from many things in this world, I know that God can use me despite my weaknesses. I don’t ask for your grace to help me through the storm.