Bible In A Year | Read: 2 Corinthians 12

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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 12:7-10

Overview of Chapter

Paul tells of another experience where he has a vision of heaven. The first heaven is the sky, the second heaven is where the stars are and the third heaven is with God. He tells of this vision to again affirm that his message is from God. Then he also tells of a weakness that he asked God to take away from him. He has now figured out that his weakness demonstrates the power of God. God can even use flawed people like him. The Corinthians should have recognized Paul’s authority and listened to him, but Paul had to remind them.

Everyone has weaknesses. We can only guess at what Paul’s was. Maybe it was a physical limitation or a personality flaw he couldn’t seem to overcome. God has the power to reverse our weaknesses, or he can use them to accomplish something greater. We can ask God to take away our weaknesses, but in the meantime, we can accomplish things in spite of them. Either way, Jesus’ power in us is shown to others. 

Action Steps

Bible: What is God showing me?  What am I going to do about it? 

Bless: Serve one person through word, action, or gift today.

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