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Walk in Grace
“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, 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. 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.”
2 Corinthians 12:6-9
Many of us identify very closely with the apostle Paul’s tormenting thorn in the flesh described in today’s Scripture. We don’t know what Paul’s thorn might have been, but we do know that even though he pleaded with Jesus to remove it, the thorn remained. What do we learn from this? For all the many times Paul was distressed by his weakness, he had the supporting grace of Christ. He kept saying over and over, “God’s grace is sufficient for me.” In fact, divine power finds its full scope and strength only in human weakness.
Both exasperating frailty and great power existed simultaneously in Paul’s life. That’s because grace always, always meets us at our point of pain! No matter what our need, though it be as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, His grace will forever be enough to get us through.
Thank You, Father, for giving us a way to navigate the sometimes difficult pathways through this temporary, broken world. I think of Paul’s words: “We are puzzled, but never in despair…persecuted, but we never have to stand it alone: we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out!” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Phillips). I may walk in pain, but I also walk in grace.