2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
People tend to get excited. When they sink a putt from 30 feet, they scream and shout like it was the most amazing feat ever recorded. It’s almost as if they didn’t intend on making it. They post videos of themselves doing amazing feats on YouTube and social media to show their skills. The desire to glorify ourselves comes natural. When we are at our weakest, however, we are able to discern the strength of our Savior. It is then we are able to perceive the true power of His “sufficient grace” because we do not have any remaining strength to attribute to ourselves.
Paul reasoned that he’d rather emphasize his weaknesses than his own strengths. It is through these weaknesses he realized how powerless he really was within himself. When we feel the strongest physically, we tend not to petition God for uplifting and guidance. Only during our weakest and most vulnerable times, do we turn to our Savior.
Sometimes our ailment is not physical, but is spiritual in nature. Our “hallelujahs” are muted and our shouts are a different tone. Paul still declared that “his grace is sufficient.” This grace is a distinct gift from above. This grace isn’t a past grace. This fulfillment is a present grace that is only possible through Christ. This present grace needs to be claimed on a daily basis. Secondly, this grace is a sufficient grace. Whatever the need or whatever the problem, God’s grace fits the need. And thirdly, we can’t help but get excited when we receive this sufficient grace. This Holy Spirit power through grace returns our shout because we recognized our weakness and need. He’s a Savior who offers that same water as to the woman at the well who never thirsted again. Just like when you made that 30 footer, you got more than we expected!