2 Corinthians 12:7-10 7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Everything is so not about you and me; however, we often want to make things personal so that we might shine and get recognized. We will get mad or our feelings hurt when no one notices the things that we are doing in the church. I know that this is a fine line; however, when we sulk because our egos have not been stroked then who have we made it all about? Paul exclaims that he is thankful for trouble in his life. Paul even attempted to ask the Lord to remove this “thorn” from his life. I wonder if the Lord would have removed the thorn then would Paul be tempted to allow his life to shine rather than Jesus because even in our testimonies we want to shine a little bit. I think that Paul understood a foundational principle that we need to implement into our lives as well. Paul encourages us to boast or proclaim our weaknesses because when our weaknesses are elevated then everyone knows that Christ is elevated. This is where our strength is because we do not gain strength from our flesh but from the Spirit as Paul dealt with in Romans chapters 6-8. Do you understand that you are weak? It is for your benefit to understand and exclaim your weaknesses because your weaknesses will drive you to the One who is able to strengthen you, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know not of your current standing; however, I am weak! I used to think that I was strong and could handle things on my own; however, I will proclaim that in all of life that I am spiritually, physically, and emotionally weak and in need of the Lord to strengthen me, day by day, moment by moment. Are you weak? Just run to the Master and allow your weakness to become strength because you totally rely upon the Lord and His strength.