Today’s Scripture: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10

The Apostle Paul was very unique in the way he thought and wrote. As he penned the book of Corinthians under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Lord was able to use his personality, life experiences and suffering for His glory. Although it was penned several thousand years ago, God designed the Scriptures to apply to us to today. Across oceans, cultures, and centuries, this book can still make a difference in your life-no matter what you are going through.

I challenge you to take some time today to read through the book of II Corinthians. Keep in mind that these words come from an older man who is sharing his personal experiences in the Christian life. Look at his life, not just as a hero of the faith, but as a real person with emotions, frustrations, and trials just like yours. Each day, Paul had to face his thorn in the flesh and choose to overcome it. He sought the Lord three separate times for it to be removed. Wouldn’t you think the prayer of the great Apostle Paul would be answered? Sometimes the thing we want removed is exactly what God wants for us. Suffering is part of how God makes each of us into a vessel worthy to set on the table of a king.

Perhaps you woke up this morning feeling defeated. The pain you are facing, whether it be physical or emotional, has you down, and you don’t think God can use you. You feel weak, vulnerable, and worthless. Right now, if you choose to trust in the Lord, rely on His strength and open yourself to what He has for you, He can use you in a mightier way than you ever thought possible. Claim these verses for yourself today:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” II Corinthians 4:7-9

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.