2 Corinthians 12:7-10

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

God often uses our weaknesses to strengthen and refine us spiritually. The apostle Paul experienced this truth through a trial that he called “a thorn in the flesh.”

We don’t know the nature of his infirmity, but we do know the reason it was given. Within Paul’s life was a TEMPTATION TO BECOME PRIDEFUL over all he had learned and received spiritually.

God used a physical weakness to sharpen Paul’s spiritual focus. Three times the apostle beseeched God to remove his suffering, and three times God told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB).

Our weakest moments are opportunities for God to reveal His greatest truths to our hearts. His objective in allowing these times is never to destroy us but to bring us to a wondrous point of total dependence on Him.

God used the negative circumstances of Paul’s life to achieve the greatest results, glorification of Jesus Christ. Learn to respond prayerfully to times of weakness. Ask God to show you the purpose for what you are facing and give you His wisdom and strength to handle the situation according to His will for your life.

Lord, show me the purpose of what I am facing, and give me Your wisdom and strength to handle the situation according to Your will for my life.

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