Memory Monday – Week 4

I have always loved this verse. This is God’s provision to Paul during a trial, which he considered ‘a thorn in his flesh’. In verses 7 – 8, it says Paul prayed for a miracle three times. But, instead of God removing the thorn from his life, he gave him the strength to endure it. It’s probably not the answer Paul wanted, but later he realizes that when he is weak, he is strong. And, because of the trial, he built a stronger character, gained humility, and those around him benefited as they saw God’s work in his life.

Verse 9 starts off with…My grace is sufficient for you... God gave Paul strength by granting Paul grace. It would be enough grace to meet every one of Paul’s needs. A grace that would express God’s acceptance and pleasure in him and be available every minute of the day. God did not allow this thorn in the flesh to punish Paul, or to keep him weak for the sake of weakness. God allowed it to show a divine strength in Paul. Through his infirmities, God made Paul completely dependent on His grace and on His strength. Paul’s continued dependence upon God made him stronger than he ever could have been on his own.

He is doing the same thing for us! He gives us grace to get through this trial. He doesn’t promise to remove it, but he does promise to demonstrate His power within us. Without Him and His grace I honestly wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. I will fully admit that we are way too weak to handle this on our own, but when we surrender control and pride is when God grants us strength. He gives us a new joy every day. And it’s a joy that there is no other way to explain besides giving thanks to Him! For when I am weak, then I am strong!

PS. This verse reminds me of this ridiculously amazing Jesus Calling post that also references the thorn in Paul’s flesh.

 

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8 Comments
  • Amanda
    Posted at 01:36h, 07 May Reply

    I love that verse… It seems perfect for this week, as we all know that this is truly Infertility Week. Praying that His power is made perfect in my weakness this week leading in to Sunday!

  • Candace
    Posted at 04:18h, 07 May Reply

    Oh how I love this verse, and all that goes with it. My hub and I were just talking about it last week, as we were preparing to receive our news. I believe that our infertility can be a thorn, and as you said, it’s not there as punishment or as cruelty. It has a purpose, and that is to allow us to see God’s power and glory in our weakness. God’s grace has been poured out and in His grace, we are strong even though we may be weak.

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 11:06h, 07 May Reply

    How true this is… And so applicable to our lives as we struggle and deal with infertility. We may feel so weak, but God has given us the strength to be able to struggle and deal with all that comes along with infertility.

  • Em
    Posted at 14:49h, 07 May Reply

    What a fitting verse for infertility. I love this.

  • dspence
    Posted at 15:13h, 07 May Reply

    “God did not allow this thorn in the flesh to punish Paul, or to keep him weak for the sake of weakness. God allowed it to show a divine strength in Paul. Through his infirmities, God made Paul completely dependent on His grace and on His strength. Paul’s continued dependence upon God made him stronger than he ever could have been on his own.”

    I really needed this today. Thank you.

  • Nathalie Willmott
    Posted at 20:49h, 07 May Reply

    Wow, I love this, and is so true in many of our trials! Such wisdom! Are you in ministry at all?

  • Lauren and Rob
    Posted at 00:59h, 08 May Reply

    I love this… I am learning how to accept this and let God get us through this struggle. I’m learning patience and strength. Stay positive 😉

  • Haley A Hilton
    Posted at 20:49h, 08 May Reply

    Thanks for the post! I just had to share that verse!

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