2 Corinthians 12:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Bible has parts that is sometimes hard to understand. I love that we have different versions of the Bible to read it different. Verse 10 speaks of hard stuff and yet realizing when you are weak, that is when God takes over. Finding that peace that only God can give is important. Let us go to the verse 8.
2 Corinthians 12:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
12 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.
3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows-- 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Once again ~ verse 8
2 Corinthians 12:8 (NIV)
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
Have you ever wondered when God was going to answer you? I have and it has seem like forever but that's when trusting God comes in. We need to learn to rest in the will of God, stand stronger by faith and move forward by the grace of God. I have seen bad stuff turn to amazing situations because God was big enough to create a miracle. I have pleaded with God and no change has come. I have waited and saw his faithfulness turn to blessings. This chapter is about satan trying to torment Paul, his vision and so much more.
IN MY WEAKNESS ~
I choose to remember God's grace and power
In my own life, there has been wonders, whens and whys. Call upon the name of Jesus and press on my friends. We find ourselves into God's word, will help us. Standing stronger than ever and still having some weak moments. In those weak moments, I know to trust without limits in God. I hope you will join me today in trusting God BIG! It takes stirring up some faith and holding onto God's promises throughout the Bible.
There are times of bringing back to remembrance all God has already done for us. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. I do care and I hope you know that. Happy new day to each of you and you are stronger than you think!