“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9).
God has mercy aplenty for you. There is abundance of grace with God for you to lead a victorious life on earth. The sea has a lot of water for a fish to swim in and it is enough for its entire lifetime.
There were enough food grains in Joseph’s storehouse for a sparrow and its family to eat and similarly the grace coming from the heaven is sufficient for thee. So, you may get increased and strengthened in grace. The grace of God comes towards you every morning.
So, look towards the heaven and say with joy, “Daddy, though there are weaknesses in me and several problems in my life, your grace is enough for me to face them and overcome them. When my foot slips, your grace supports me.”
In the early days, there was a devotee by name St. Augustine. He used to wake up early in the morning and pray to seek the divine grace saying “Daddy, give me the grace. Give me grace for me to face the problems of the day victoriously. Give me grace so that I do not slip in my word and deed.
Later when he walks on the streets, people will notice the richness of the grace in his face. At once they will repent for their sins and begin to make cries of anguish saying “Sir, we too need this grace.” Even though not a word came out of his mouth, his face reflected the Divine Grace always.
Since the divine grace was with Paul the Apostle, God’s power made his weakness to be perfect. Due to the weakness, he did neither get tired nor lost his courage nor suffer from inferiority complex, as he was upheld by grace. Because of this, he did not think of the weakness he had but joyously thought of the divine strength which he got through the grace of God. So, he writes, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Corinthians 12:9).
Generally, no one boasts about their weaknesses. They will only get disheartened by them. But Paul the Apostle praised God thinking of the numerous grace which he receives in his weaknesses.
Dear children of God, never think of your weaknesses. When you happily boast them, you will begin to praise God for all the grace received. Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
To meditate: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake” (II Corinthians 12:10).