To keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, `My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness’. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Godly character is more important than your personal comfort!
When people become proud, they forget how much they need God’s involvement in their lives, and they begin to drift away from Him. God had revealed amazing things to Paul, and so Paul was tempted to become proud. So God sent him something that was a real struggle for him. After Paul cried out for healing three times, God let him know that he needed that painful thing in his life to keep him humble and dependent and usable.
“My power can flow through you because that struggle is making you usable, Paul.”
When God allows pain and difficulty into your life, there may be a number of reasons for it. But one of those reasons is that God wants to shape your inner life, your character, so that He can work more powerfully through you.
What is God trying to do in your life right now?
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