Bible Verse: Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 12:8–9

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Paul suffered from something he called his “thorn in the flesh.” We’re not sure what it was. It may have been a physical illness, psychological malady, or his suffering as a missionary.

We don’t know the exact nature of this weakness. Here’s what we do know. Paul wanted God to take away this issue from his life, but God refused. In fact, God used this weakness. It kept Paul from imagining himself as a spiritual superman. It reminded him of his mortality and weakness. His weakness was a pathway to experiencing God’s power.

God is somehow able to take the weakest things — think of the crucifixion of Jesus, for instance — and use it as the platform for power. God works through weakness. Even God himself didn’t come into the world with power, although he could have. Jesus laid aside any signs of power and came as a servant. He came to suffer. And God brought about our salvation not through the strength of our Saviour but through his weakness. That’s just how God works.

What if one of God’s greatest gifts in your life right now is the very thing you want him to take away? What if you are meant to boast in the limitation you hate the most and see it as one of God’s greatest blessings in your life, something that’s even more of a gift than your strengths?

We want God to remove our weaknesses. God wants us to embrace our weaknesses as the path to experiencing his power and grace.

Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON

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