Read: 2 Corinthians 12:5-10
For when I am weak, then I am strong. (v. 10)
We see this message repeated over and over in the Bible. In 1 Samuel, the child David cuts off the giant Goliath’s head with Goliath’s sword. In Esther, Haman and all of his genocidal desires die on the same gallows he built for Esther’s uncle, Mordecai. One of our peculiar joys as believers is the opportunity to turn the enemy’s plots and weapons against him.
In sin and affliction, we take the “fiery darts” (Eph. 6:16) the enemy throws at us—such as fear, anger, doubt, shame—and we turn them back on Satan by running to the cross and declaring Christ’s all-sufficiency. In fear, we can declare and glory in Jesus’ absolute authority. In doubt, we can celebrate the magnitude of his love. In shame, we can reach out for his forgiveness. He gives us all we need.
The apostle Paul knew the secret of this peculiar satisfaction. The “thorn in his side” became a way for him to channel God’s empowering grace (2 Cor. 12:9). The enemy is not smart. He’s looking for easy targets. He’s less likely to bother someone who’s learned to turn everything over to Christ.
What’s one thing you can praise Jesus for today? What help do you need from Jesus to overcome the battle facing you today? —Rev. Titus Baraka (Executive Director, Words of Hope Uganda)
As you pray, ask the Lord to help you feel the sufficiency of his grace even in your weaknesses.