“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’… That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a, 10
The news hit me out of nowhere. I had just been handed the opportunity to begin a women’s Bible study at our church. Our son was starting college. Our daughter was in her senior year and aiming for a soccer scholarship. Life was full and good. Then the doctor found a nodule on my thyroid gland. My diagnosis threatened to side-track my plans and responsibilities. I didn’t know what lay ahead.
If you’ve ever experienced a power failure when your flashlight was running out of batteries, the light slowly dimming, you might be able to imagine something of what it was like. The thyroid is the source of our body’s energy, its ability to do work. I had things to do, but not the energy to do it. If I slept all night and all day I would still need to rest after a shower.
The apostle Paul had what he called his “thorn in the flesh.” He prayed to have it removed, but the answer was no. He had many responsibilities, and he had to perform them while suffering something he called “a messenger of Satan, to torment me,” yet he carried on. People came alongside to help, but more important, he had the power of Christ, which can enable you when your own power is gone.
God provided help, through family, friends, and co-leaders at church. I missed two weeks of the Bible study, and one soccer game. I might spend time in bed or resting most of the time, but for Bible study, church, and soccer games, I was there.
Whatever difficulty you face today, Christ is greater. His power is sufficient no matter what your weakness. When everything seems hopeless and your own abilities non-existent, you have a source of strength if you have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Don’t get side-tracked by the immensity of the “thorn.” Look to Jesus, in His word and through prayer, and learn that, through Him, when you are weak, His power is sufficient. He will enable you to persevere in all that He wants you to accomplish. When you are weak, He will be your strength.
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