2Cor. 12:9 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.
God’s grace is really quite amazing. Rather than the canned ‘unmerited favor’ definition, here we sense that God’s grace is unlimited and always available. Paul had gotten stuck in the trap of looking at his present circumstances (I guess so; stonings, beatings, and imprisonment). He was crying out for relief and relief was there all along. What was the relief? The grace of God. What is this grace? The influence of God on our souls that makes the things of God real to us, that is the grace of God. His grace is amazing, and as Newton sang, has a sweet sound to it. Here are some thoughts from the ‘UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE COMMENTARY’.
“Paul boasts in his weakness so that Christ’s power might rest on him. The verb actually denotes “take up one’s abode, dwell” and may well recall that the presence of God dwelled in the tabernacle and the temple. Even during his earthly pilgrimage in the body, the apostle is conscious of the presence of God in his life through the Spirit. He was also conscious that the same power of the resurrected Christ would one day transform his mortal body. Because Paul is the dwelling–place of the power of Christ, he takes delight in his weaknesses. Rather than continue his prayer for relief from the thorn in the flesh, Paul has now come to accept his infirmity and even to delight in it for Christ’s sake. Paradoxically, when I am weak, then am I strong. His light and momentary troubles are achieving for him an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
That’s it! Grace makes the presence of God real to us. It was the presence that sustained Paul in that Phillipian jail, it was God’s presence that lifted him up in Galatia after being stoned, and it was God’s presence that had arrested Paul on the road to Damascus. We all need to be reminded now and then, His grace is sufficient.
What kind of misery are you facing today. Health issues? Problems in your marriage or with your children? Or maybe financial issues are trying to strangle the life out of you. The word of the Lord to Paul is for us today, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”.