What’s bothering you?
We can find a lot to be upset about, especially if we make habit of thinking about reasons we should be upset. Maybe our problems or the world’s problems weigh heavy on us. Maybe it’s just all of the small stuff that adds up to a pile of trouble. Why doesn’t God just take away all of this bothersome stuff?
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. 10 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 12:9-10, ESV
Paul shares in 2 Corinthians about a “thorn in the flesh” that was given to him. We don’t know what it was, but we know from his words that it bothered him enough to plead with the Lord to take it away. Paul keeps his thorn and is redirected to the sufficiency of God’s grace.
We often find ourselves in the exact same situation as Paul. We ask God to take away our problems, but He doesn’t always do that for us. We could be disappointed, but Paul offers the choice of a different response. We can choose to boast of our weaknesses and be content with our hardships, because God’s grace is sufficient.