2Co 12:7-10 ESV - 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Perspective (again) . . .
It’s not wrong to pray for healing. It’s not wrong to pray for a trial to “ease up already.” However, God is not obligated to keep me ever comfortable and free of any difficulty. The psalmist acknowledged that affliction had caused him to stay close to God and obey His word (Psalm 119). God assured Paul that His grace was sufficient for Paul’s need, and that the affliction would serve to display the power and sufficiency of God.
Paul’s response must be my response — to be content with my weakness, with my “different from what I imagined” life. By living a life of joyful obedience to what God has called me shows that God is in control, that He is good, and that He can use anyone for His purpose–even me 🙂
Pray for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoorsUSA
Day 4: Pray with Pastor Luiz and church leaders like
him who are following their callings and planting new
churches in a hostile environment
Daily Wisdom Psalm 104-105 Proverbs 22