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. 2 Corinthians 12:9
After an amazing vision of heaven where Paul “heard inexpressible things…that man is not permitted to tell”, he received a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him from “becoming conceited.”
On three separate occasions, he pleaded with God to take the thorn away. God’s answer and Paul’s response are found in today’s verse. God knows all about power made perfect in weakness.
Omnipotence wrapped in fresh…and nailed to a cross.
The Eternal One lived…and died in time.
The Creator constrained to a crib…and a tomb.
Jesus held down…and bursting forth!
God knows all about power made perfect in weakness. His death provided the power for our resurrected life and eternal life. God is gracious and merciful. In His grace He gives us the good things we don’t deserve. In His mercy He doesn’t give us the things we do deserve.
His grace and mercy remind us that He has not and will not forsake us.
Even when we “feel” alone, He is there.
Even when we “feel” abandoned, we are not.
Even when we have run from Him to a distant country,
He is waiting with open arms to forgive us.
Now, that’s something to boast about!