Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:10
Paul was “given” a thorn in the flesh (stomach sickness, seizures, or persecution or something else) that ailed him. There is a a whole theological discussion around why was this “messenger of satan” given to Paul? Who gave permission for this and how did that happen? It was obviously allowed by God, and Paul had to endure this. There is a lesson right there that all difficulties, trials, and struggles are not always removed, but we are given the grace of God to endure and learn from them. It’s not because God doesn’t love us or enjoys seeing us in pain, like Paul explained, sometimes there is a greater good that God wants to accomplish through our struggles.
For Paul, the greater good was that he would remain weak so that he could trust in the power of God much more. God clearly wanted Paul to remain humble, but it was very difficult because of the “surpassing greatness of the revelations”. God knew what Paul needed to remain humble and fully reliant upon God. God knows what we need to remain humble and fully reliant upon God, so He offers the grace for us to endure those trials as well. So where am I weak? Where do I have my struggles that I need the grace and power of God to be seen today?
Oh God, I humble myself and choose to let my weaknesses be the place where I experience your grace – your empowering Presence to be who you see me to be. I choose to not boast about my strength, but my weakness today so that your power can be seen through me. For without you, I can do nothing
Heard in prayer
I cannot be strong if you choose to be strong. Acknowledge your weakness, and I will meet you there with my grace. Believe and expect my power to be seen through your weakness. For I will do things that will far surpass what you have seen before and bring about the visions that I have shown you in years past.