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.
In this writer’s opinion, there is not a more beautiful piece of scripture in God’s Word. This sacred verse embodies our relationship with Christ and glorifies our bond with our Lord.
Knowing and having assurance that we are loved by Jesus means we can bear every part of our soul to Him. We can let Him into every part of our being—even the strange, broken, messed-up, hurt and destroyed parts of our deepest inner selves. Love in Christ means we have the assurance we are always loved and appreciated. The love of Christ knows no boundaries. He loves all of us and He intimately knows every part of us. We are worthy in His eyes and will never be rejected by our Savior. When life’s trials and tribulations bring us down, and we are troubled, weak and failing; and when the road seems long and weary, His abiding promise reminds us that His love for us remains the strongest.
In verse 8, Paul repeatedly sought the Lord in prayer. On three separate occasions, Paul asked God to remove the problem he was facing. Upon finishing his prayer the third time, the Lord answered Paul with the Word in verse 9.. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
We need never fear that God always hears our prayers. He may not give us what we ask for at the time—He may deny our request for love or chose to answer us with His own wisdom. No matter how reverent our prayers, God does not take away the trials we are facing. But we need to remember that no matter the circumstance, the source of His grace is always enough to sustain, comfort and strengthen us. When we are down, feeling weak, stressed out, broken, afraid, weary or burdened, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is the strongest in our lives. When we feel desperate and are holding on by a thread, we must go to Him. When we reach out to Jesus, we receive incredible power and peace. We are comforted and become re-energized. Our Lord’s divine strength is made perfect in our humble weakness.
My grace is sufficient for thee – is not the answer I believe Paul was expecting to hear. He was afraid during his time of trouble and called out for the problem to be removed. If God had done so, Paul may have been satisfied, but God was teaching us something valuable—the answer we seek is not always that which we need. We are really being shown—as great as we think our trials are, we have NOTHING TO FEAR. We can boldly receive any affliction and stand firm, rejoicing in the Lord’s grace. We have the written promise of God’s never-ending support in the blood of our Savior. We will never sink under the burden of heavy woes, for He will hold us up and carry us through any storm.
My strength is made perfect in weakness –—for in weakness, the strength of the grace of the Lord is manifested in us, even more. When we are feeling strong and our days are full of sunshine and blue skies, we do not have the need for divine aid. Yet during our midst of despair, we are fully conscious of being weak, broken, feeble, and in need of His strength. It is the times when we are desperately in need of His aid that Jesus manifests his power of grace in our lives to strengthen us, to uphold us , and impart to us His divine comfort. We are best where we are weak, because it is in our weakness we allow Christ to take over, be the center of strength in our lives. We are best when we are weak because in our weakness we are able to completely surrender our will to our Redeemer, as His grace supplies our every need.In our flesh we often become bold, brazen and full of ourselves, but when tragedy strikes, our own pride and audacity is useless. We are best when we are weak because in our weakness we completely surrender our will to our Redeemer and His grace supplies our every need.
As Christians, we never lose anything by suffering and affliction. By understanding how the power of grace works during trials that we fathom the meaning in Philippians 1:21: “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”When we allow God’s grace to be the strength and source of our comfort, we realize that the blessings of our Redeemer are far greater than everything we endure. We claim spiritual growth during times of testing. Ultimately, I have never met a Believer that has not benefited from their times of hardship. The growth and blessings we receive during our times of affliction are great treasures given to us by our Lord. Through His grace we endure that which has come upon us. This is our greatest prosperity and the highest honor we can receive in Christ Jesus. His grace is honoured in our suffering. It is a wonderful thing as we grow in Christ and learn to relax in His grace. We begin to face adversity with joy. The Spirit of God uncovers lovely and wonderful traits in our lives, as our spiritual character matures and develops.
To the world, rejoicing in suffering may seem an unusual paradox, but in the heavenly realm, it is a blessing. Grace is poured out so that we may experience the fullness of what Christ paid for on Calvary. There is no greater joy we can receive. There is nothing but Christ and His grace that is needed. Grace will give us pleasure and joy during our tribulations, the strength to endure, and the ability to smile though our tears. Such is the power of Grace.