In the past couple of days, these words of the Apostle Paul have become even more comforting to me.
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me 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. 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)
Yesterday, I got weak. I got good and sick. It’s nothing “serious,” but it was enough to put me on my back and shut me down. Since I rarely get sick, this definitely came as a shock to the system.
But these verses are a comfort. I can’t take care of everything, and not just because I’m sick. I need to rely on Christ. He is my true strength. He has taken my sins away, he as rescued me from death and hell, and he is with me in any struggle now.
This comfort does not mean I automatically get better. But it means that I need to remember that I always need to be looking outside myself for true strength, for forgiveness, for salvation. It’s all in Christ. Like Paul said, when I am weak, then I am strong!