I’ve always hated that verse.
Paul had a real problem, even though 2000 years of crack exegesis has yet to decide what it was.
He prayed for relief three times and this was the answer he got.
No I won’t fix the problem, but I’ll make it bearable.
Instead of fixing the problem, God offered ‘grace”.
Grace does not pay for car repairs, heal the sickness, or anything else “practical”
I’m very much into “fixing”, not “bearing”.
His grace will be “sufficient”…another word I hate.
It means just enough.
I don’t like “sufficient”, I like “some left over” in case I need it.
This verse almost made prayer seem impractical…what’s the point if all you get is some ethereal balm?
I think I’ve read the verse wrong.
Paul was a tough old bird who was used to being able to fix things in his own strength.
As a matter of fact, I think he was proud of being self reliant and loathed asking anybody for anything…even God.
He was one of those guys who, given enough time, would either fix something or endure something until it didn’t matter anymore.
He’d do it on his own, thank you.
God had to give him something he couldn’t handle to show Himself strong to Paul.
The sufficient grace was in the problem itself.
The answer wasn’t an “ethereal balm” it was the power of God resting in the place weakness had made.
It was an uneven trade…the power of God for the weakness of a man.
With the power of God all things are possible.
No wonder Paul took the deal…and even bragged about his weakness.
I’m a lot like Paul was.
I’m into fixing and enduring.
I’m not into asking.
Some of you are a lot like me.
You need to read the verse again too.
As for me, I’ve never been this weak…
Make your own application…