v9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
v10. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
The bible recorded so many accounts of pains. However, that which God allows in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ is not without purpose. Though believers may not want to hear anything about pain, but he said “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Paul’s claim is that God had given him a “thorn in his flesh” (2 Cor 12:7) in order to prevent him from becoming conceited because of his powerful encounter with God. He said that he had pleaded with God to remove this “messenger from Satan” (2 Cor 12:8) but God’s reply was “My grace is sufficient for you.”
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
God will not have us stand on our own strength. He would have us rely on him alone. Just as Gideon was deprived of the troops for a human victory over Israel’s enemies. God would deprive us of anything in ourselves that would boast of our own might.
Rather than be upset with God, Paul used the opportunity to praise God and boast in Christ alone (1 Cor 1:31).
How wonderful to receive the grace of God. We need nothing else. In this case, God is explaining that even if he is not going to deliver Paul of this “weakness,” it does not mean that God has no grace for Paul.
This grace was first manifested in the salvation of Paul on the road to Damascus. In this case, God is saying that his salvation was all that Paul truly needed, and also that God would give him the grace to overcome this weakness.
Somehow, Paul came to understand God’s answer to his request was a clear and permanent “NO.” As previous verses indicated, Paul realized the purpose of the malady was to maintain humility. This persistent “weakness” in Paul’s life helped keep him from becoming conceited.
Instead, God proclaimed that His grace was fully capable of providing everything Paul needed to endure this suffering. God told Paul that His power is made perfect in weakness.
Because Christ’s power becomes most obvious in those areas where believers are weakest. This was the reason Paul celebrate being forever saddled with some painful struggle?
This reveals several truths about how God works in the worldly lives of Christians. God is willing to make use of Satan and his demons to accomplish His own purposes. Their attempts to harass God’s work and servants can become part of God’s strategy to accomplish His exact goals.
God’s answers to prayer are always subject to His overall will. He may answer “no” to a request to relieve a believer’s burden, irrespective of where the burden comes from. If the suffering is helping a Christian to be more dependent on God, it may be accomplishing in us exactly what He wants, but just know it that His grace is sufficient for you.