“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.’”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV)
Apostle had a
bothersome health problem. We are not told what it was but we do know it was
something that perplexed him. He even called it “a thorn in my side.” Paul
We have this scriptural account of him pleading with
to remove it. Christ’s response tells us that He had
a purpose in allowing Paul to have
As I was choosing scriptures for this month’s topic, I found this passage speaking to me. I have fibromyalgia. The muscle aches sometimes appear in cycles. This particular day, the weather was very cool-over night the temperature might have fallen into the 40’s. This is not usual weather for
I found myself in the dull overall pain that I have come to recognize. I wanted
to sleep rather than start my day on time.
Once I pulled myself out of bed, had my devotions and checked on laundry, I sat down to complete some writing craft tasks. I had begun searching scripture for appropriate passages for July- the topic being grace.
I came upon the reference in my concordance.
as, All-sufficient . . . 2Cor 12:9
I turned in my Bible and read the verse and the one before it. It spoke to me. I had new understanding of the Lord’s words.
In the past when I had a ‘fibro day’ I would not be active. The end of the day came and I wouldn’t have done anything productive in taking care of our home or in the writing craft. My outside activities became limited to what I had to do. A related condition to the fibro causes me to continue to monitor my outside appointments and social engagements.
But, after reading these two verses, I have discovered I need to rely on God’s grace for these disorders.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”