But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9 AMPC
I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 CEB
What a beautiful picture this paints for us. His favor and loving-kindness and mercy is enough for you. It’s enough for me! What we can’t do–He can! His strength and power is shown more effective in our weakness. It’s like when you turn a light on in a dark room verses turning the light on in a sunlit room. If life was good all the time, why would we need Him?
Paul said, “I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” Can you see it? His strength and power, not mine. I don’t have to be strong. He’s not looking for me to be strong, but rather to find my strength in Him. He’s calling me into that tent and telling me, rest here, I have this! It’s a place of conversation and communion. A place of complete and total surrender. Jesus is saying, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest! Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Yes Lord! I hear you say to me, “I’ll trade you! You give me what you have, and I will give you all I am. I will be a Father to you, a husband and a friend. All I need from you is your weakness, and in exchange, I’ll give you my strength. Are you good with that? When are you going to let me pitch a tent over you? To give you a place where you can put your head on my lap and tell me everything that is on your mind. I’m waiting for your surrender.”