Our verses today tell us that Paul had a painful problem. We do not know what this problem was. This problem may have been an illness or being treated badly by other people.

Paul said, “I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But the Lord said, ‘My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power’” (verses 8-9). Paul asked God to remove his problem. But God wanted Paul to depend on Him and His power.

Sometimes we may be like Paul. We have a problem, and we ask God to remove that problem. But instead of removing that problem, God uses our problem to keep us close to Him. Then we may feel weak, but God’s power really makes us strong.

Ask God to help you be strong as you face problems today.