2 Corinthians 12:6-10 (NRSV)

6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,

7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep a me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. b

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References for 2 Corinthians 12:7

  • Œ 12:7 – Other ancient authorities read [To keep]
  •  12:7 – Other ancient authorities lack [to keep me from being too elated]
8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me,
9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power c is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)

9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power a is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.                            

DEVOTION – Chase Martin (Tennessee)

When I found out I had Type I diabetes, my life changed forever.  I was scared; but in time I became more connected with my family, friends, and God.  I found out that when I’M weak, with God I can be strong.

Our pastor had asked my family to talk with the church about our experience with diabetes.  I was nervous when the pastor asked us questions.  I told him, “I know that God will use my diabetes for good,” but I wasn’t sure what the good would be.

I’ve had diabetes for three years now.  I still get tired, and I get frustrated that I need to check my blood sugar seven or eight times a day and wear an insulin pump.  But God has made me stronger; now I’m not as scared.  Sometimes, I ask God why I have this disease, and I hope that one day there will be a cure.

God has used my experience for good.  After my family spoke at our church, we heard about a man who had listened to the service.  He had been diagnosed with diabetes and was struggling with all the changes he had to make.  After he heard us, he thought, If that boy has the courage to deal with it, so do I.

Everyone has some burden to bear.  Mine is diabetes.  With God’s help, I’m going to do something good with it.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How does God give me strength in my weakness?

PRAYER: Thank you, dear God, for turning our weaknesses into strengths and for using our troubles for good.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHILDREN WITH DIABETES

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