Who else knows the words to this song?
I can imagine you "singing" this children's song in your own heads right now! Such a sweet little tune.
I was reminded of this children's song this week as I was taking a closer look at 2 Corinthians 12:9.
(ESV) 2 Cor. 12:9 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."
I like to look at the verses around a verse I am studying. Look at what Paul is describing back in verse 7:
In verse 8, Paul says he asks the Lord THREE TIMES to remove this thorn from his flesh. And yet the Lord DID NOT remove it!
God instead has this to say to Paul in the next verse:
(ESV) 2 Cor. 12:9 "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."
Now look at verse 10:
devastated we feel. Or angry. Or further depressed.
But what is God expecting? "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." God is not willing that we deal with our thorns in our own power.
"Lord, thank you. Thank you for this addiction to cigarettes. I so want to crave you MORE than I do tobacco."
"Lord, thank you. Thank you for wanting chocolate. I want to crave you more than I do chocolate."
"Lord, thank you. Thank you giving me this situation. I do want to find my comfort in your presence more than in that person's presence."
Paul says the "...power of Christ may rest upon me."
"rest upon me" - envelop me and become part of me.
Unleash the power of God by turning to Him! Until you do so, you will never experience what God can do for you.
The bible contains #TRUTH. Trust the word of God!
Once we can think like a little child again, and maybe go around humming "Jesus Loves Me", thinking as a child, innocent and accepting, praying in our times of weakness, perhaps our relationship with God will become all that it should be.
Enjoy the ear worm I planted in your brain today! May it remind you of 2 Cor. 12:9 all day long.