This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We Are Weak, But He Is Strong | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
God gave Paul a “thorn in his side” to keep him from becoming proud. When Paul asked Him to remove the thorn, God’s response was that His power works best in weakness. When I’m at my lowest, that’s when I’m more open to God’s intervention, and the results are often the most remarkable. So I should rejoice in my suffering for the opportunity to see God work in and through me so marvelously.
I have often mentioned my dislike to people for the saying, “God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.” He does. All the time. And it reminds me that it’s not up to me and what I can do. God can handle it. I should give it to Him and let Him take care of it. God works best in my weakness because I’m not trying to outshine Him, but rather allowing Him to outshine me.
God, it’s so much easier said than done, but I am working on letting go and trusting You to take care of what I can’t. I want You to outshine me all the time. Keep my focus where it needs to be and help me to see the good You’re doing even in my weakness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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