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January 30, 2020 · Bob Gass

Paulā€™s thorn and yours (3)

ā€œMy power works best in weakness.ā€ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

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Paul wrote, ā€œThree different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ā€˜My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.ā€™ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. Thatā€™s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strongā€ (vv. 8-10 NLT). Paul didnā€™t get the answer he was looking for until he quit praying and started listening. Sometimes weā€™re so busy telling God what He ought to do for us that we canā€™t hear God telling us what He wants to do in us. If you have a stubborn problem in your life, maybe itā€™s time to quit talking and start listening. God taught Paul lessons at the best time he could learn themā€”during difficulties. So the bad news about tough times turns out to be the good news after allā€”that you learn more about God in the valley than you do on the mountaintop. C.S. Lewis described how God uses pain to communicate with us: ā€œGod whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains.ā€ Before God spoke, all Paul wanted was to remove his problem. After God spoke, he realized that in his problem he had found something better and greaterā€”supernatural strength reserved for those tough times when we realize Godā€™s presence is greater than our problems and His purpose is greater than our pain.

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