When Paul penned these words I often wonder what He meant. We don’t know what the “messenger from Satan” was. We don’t know why God left it there, didn’t remove it. God just says, “My grace is sufficient.” And how does this apply to our existence?
We infer from the fact that the problem was not removed that and the use of the word sufficient that God is saying something to the effect that, “my grace will be enough. Just enough but you’ll make it through.” We assume, drawing from our own experiences, that God does not make it so that we can live triumphant lives but lives that will keep us from Hell, lives that will, some how, some way, bring Him some measure of Glory. Is that what Paul was talking about? I think not.
The point of our existence has never been, nor will it ever be to show our greatness, our perfection. So why do we think that we must attain holiness to be worth scrutiny? We hide our lives because of imperfection and feel shame at all our mistakes. We hear and take to heart every story where God’s name is dragged through the mud by some leader’s indiscretion, the revelation of some human’s poor living.
“My grace is sufficient,” tells me that we are known to be insufficient. His perfection made perfect in my weakness tells me that I am weak (shocker). So I say, look at my life. Dissect my attitudes and incompetencies. In them you will find revealed a Lord and Savior that is “sufficient” beyond our wildest dreams and hopes. He is enough to bring triumph from despair. He is enough to bring wholeness where only brokeness can exist. He is gracious enough to LOVE what is unlovable. HE IS GOD!!