Taking pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake.

2 Corinthians 12:10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities , in reproaches , in needs , in persecutions , in distresses , for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak , then I am strong.”

While reading through this letter from Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth; like someone seeing this for the first time, I paused a little to understand what the scenario here might have been.

Backing up to the preceding verses and Chapter, my curiosity was appeased by my discovery which made me muse silently, “Why would the Apostle boast in his infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake instead of boasting of his achievements in life or in Christ since his new birth?”

It became more surprising to know that Christ was the main reason why he could not.

Despite being through so much already in tests and trials, the Apostle had a thorn in his flesh which he earnestly sought The Lord three times to remove but He did not and when The Lord finally responded, his answer to Paul was, “My grace is sufficient for you , for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Understanding clearly that God was not going to change His will, His purpose and plan for him so that he would not have any worry, impediment or frailty that would make him touch base with his humanity cum reality, the apostle submitted to God.

He stopped complaining and entreating God about his troubles, he accepted His Grace and most gladly rather chose to boast in them, that the power of Christ may rest upon him. 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Does this not also relate to us? How often we wish, pray and entreat God concerning overwhelming issues, global crises and difficult situations we have absolutely no control over.
During this period, God seems non responsive, or insensitive to our plight, so we murmur, complain and even become bitter against Him. Oh no! we misjudge Him! He truly cares for us and He is always up to something!!

Let us therefore learn from Apostle Paul that God’s Grace is sufficient for us, HIS STRENGTH is made PERFECT in our OWN WEAKNESS. When we think we are WEAK, are we truly STRONG because The power of Christ rests upon us as we rejoice and not despair.
In spite of all Paul’s challenges, he finished strong, so shall we!

Folks, it is time to SEE GOD in our situations and not allow self, others and satan to shift our focus. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, love others as yourself and He will come through for you. Let God be true and all men be liars!

OUR GOD REIGNS FOREVER!!

SHALOM!!!

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