Weekly Verse - September 17th
Updated: Sep 18
This week in our weekly verse study, we see when God’s strength is revealed the most in us. It is when we are at our weakest when we truly experience God’s strengthening. The context of these verses is that the apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh”—a weakness— that he desired God to remove from him. The first verse is God’s response to Paul’s prayer, and the second is Paul’s response to God’s response.
My grace is sufficient.
We all have our weaknesses, but—praise God—we as believers are no longer dependent on our own abilities. God’s grace is sufficient. It is enough to get us through whatever we face, and more than that, to enable us to be used of God in our weakness.
My strength is made perfect in weakness.
Think about it. If you had no weaknesses, would you be likely to depend on God? Our weaknesses prompt us to find strength in our Maker and Redeemer. God is able to use us when we are not trying to do everything in our own strength.
I take pleasure… for Christ’s sake.
After understanding God’s purpose in allowing him to have this weakness, Paul chose to change his mindset about his situation. He chose to see every trial, hardship, and weakness as an opportunity for God to show Himself strong in his life. Paul understood that God could use these situations to further the gospel if he was willing to let Him work.
This week you will likely be faced with your own weaknesses. When this happens, remember, God will provide your strength. His grace is sufficient. When you are weak, then you are strong through God’s strength.
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