We live in an age where so many of God’s people feel weak and powerless. I am not talking about being wimpy with no backbone, that’s another sermon. In our verse and text that surrounds it, we are see Paul’s so-called thorn in the flesh. There are some great lessons to learn from this text especially for those of us who do feel weak and powerless at times.
1. Lesson number one is, we are inadequate to face the difficulties of life on our own. Therefore, we need God’s help and his resources.
2. Lesson number two is, human limitations and weaknesses provide perfect opportunities to experience the love and power of God. Therefore, we should call on the Lord in our time of need.
3. Lesson number 3 is, God’s grace is more than enough to meet every challenge that we face. His resources are unlimited.
Most of the time when we feel weak or powerless we respond with fear, anger, despair, or desperation. Yet, this verse reminds us that God is an endless source of strength. No problem that we face is too great for him to fix. When we feel overwhelmed by our problems, we are in a perfect position to experience the power, grace and comfort from the Lord who gives power to the weak and help to those in need.
Paul went on to say, “And 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. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10).
Just because we are Christians does not mean that God is going to take away every problem we have, Paul had the proper perspective when he found out that he was going to have to live with his problem. God’s presence in his life transformed the negative situations into occasions for praise. Just like Paul we can praise God in the midst of trouble because God is greater than our problems and he will give us the grace and power to deal with them. God Bless!