But, we all have them. We all have areas of weakness. We have things that are painful.
And I’m not talking about temptation. I’m not talking things that we are not great at. I’m talking about things that hurt. That tender spot in your life that when you, or someone else, touches it, it really hurts.
I’m talking about those flaws, those pains, that when they flare up, it hurts. I talking about the things in our lives that make us doubt ourselves, doubt God, doubt everything.
I’m talking about the spot in your life that have flung your hands up to the heavens and yelled – please God, please take this. That is what Paul is talking about today in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. Listen to what he say when talking about his thorn in the flesh:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul asks three times for God to take this thorn. To take this from him. To give him relief and peace. And God doesn’t take it.
Because sometimes, we need that moment and spot of weakness to know how strong God is. We need to sometimes be reminded of how weak we are, to know how strong He is.
When we see what we can’t do, we are reminded about what He can do. When we see that efforts are enough, we see that His are more than enough.
In our weakness, His grace is made perfect.
His grace is enough. For you. Today. No matter what you are going though. No matter what your weakness. No matter what your pain. No matter what is happening. His grace is enough. For you. Today.
Rest in His grace. Rest in His mercy. Rest in His life. Rest in His hope. Rest in His strength. It is enough for you.
Even in your weakness, in your hurts, in your frailties. God is enough for you. Know that. Live that. Believe that.