Sunday Devotional: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

“I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.  And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—  and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.  On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—  though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.  So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

The Apostle Paul was one of the most faithful followers of Jesus there has ever been.  He was a great leader in the church and one that did many things for the Lord.  But even he struggled at times.  In 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Paul shared some of his struggles with the church in Corinth.  He told them about his weaknesses and how he had a “thorn in the flesh” that gave him much grief.  But even in all his struggles, Paul had someone to turn to who listened and cared.

God told Paul “My grace is sufficient for you.”  Because God is so great and powerful, what He gives is sufficient for us.  And God does love us so much.  When we feel beat down and hurt, he is there to comfort us and help to lift us up.  We can boast in Christ.

This week, whether things are going great or we’re struggling in pain and hurt let us remember God’s love and grace is sufficient for us.  Let us remember that His love covers us.  And let us boast in his love and grace.

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