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 (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
It can be very frustrating to be told no.
Many godly people were told no in Scripture. Moses was a man of great faith, but he wasn’t allowed to step foot in the Promised Land.
The apostle Paul was also told no by God. He knew suffering. He asked God to remove a “thorn in his flesh” – some sort of physical ailment – three times, yet he lived with it until his death.
Though God’s answer was “no,” Paul’s response was praise. Paul testified that he was strengthened by God’s all-sufficient grace. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 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 (2 Corinthians 12: 8-10).
We all face challenges. Each trial is a trust-opportunity. Each obstacle you encounter comes with a choice.
Will you choose to trust in the power and sovereignty of God or will you choose to doubt?
Dear Lord, thank you for grace that strengthens me when I am weak. Your glory is my purpose. In Jesus’ name.