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Can you believe in God’s love for you enough to not only surrender to but praise Him for your pain?

Understanding Your Weakness
Power Made Perfect

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5-10

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Athletes understand the reason they need to put themselves through physical pain… their goal is the perfecting of their abilities. As the old saying goes: no pain – no gain! Our scripture for today speaks of this principle in our spiritual lives. The apostle Paul has described a “pain” he was living with that God deemed not to deliver him from. Paul declared, in verse nine, that this “weakness” of his would make perfect God’s power. As an athlete gets stronger and better in his sport through pain, Paul would become stronger and better in his walk with God! In fact, the results of Paul’s weakness were so effective that Paul said he boasts of the weakness much more than his strengths.

Some of us have requested that God remove our “troubled burden” far more than three times – as Paul did. Is it time for you to put aside the request and replace it with praise for the work it will accomplish? Are you ready to go to the next level of trust in God’s plan? Can you believe in God’s love for you enough to surrender to and praise Him for the pain you may experience? Yes, a troubling burden and physical or emotional pain causes us to feel very weak, but that may be the exact feeling God is going for in us!

“Power Made Perfect” would be defined far differently by our world than this Biblical concept. It takes a huge dose of spiritual maturity to “boast” about our weakness as the apostle did. We can only do that by understanding our weakness in the context of God’s overall plan for our lives! Can you go there?

Father, your school of ‘hard knocks’ is difficult to praise you for…my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak. Your grace is sufficient – I rest in you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.