Roses are very beautiful. But if I want to enjoy them, I might be pricked by their thorns. These thorns can be a painful problem.
We all have problems in our lives that may cause us pain and sadness. We don’t like these problems, and we wish that we didn’t have them. But painful problems can be important to us. We can learn from these problems. We may learn to be more patient or loving.
Our Bible verses today tell us that Paul had a painful problem in his life. We do not know what this problem was, but it made Paul suffer. Paul asked God to take away this problem, but God said to Paul, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power” (verse 9b).
Paul’s problem helped him to be humble and to depend on God more. You may have a painful problem in your life. Ask God to help you be strong and to depend on Him.