Our body is the greatest testimony of our humanity,
our weakness, our finiteness, the fact that we both have a beginning and an end. Our body and the way our skin ages, how fast our organs start to fail and how quickly our bones become brittle are tell tale signs that inevitably, we will expire. Inevitably, we will no longer live, not in this body, anyway. These are our own personal testimonies that no matter what we think we are, no matter how much we boast of something we are, we are not God or anything of the like.
I was just pondering the Scriptures where it says we will be healed of an affliction we had, a sicknness if you will, if we went before the elders and forego their prayers over us. Then I began to wonder, why aren’t people being healed of disease, healed of demons or even healed of a common toothache when they were prayed for “In Jesus name!” For a few minutes, I was bewildered.
Then I was reminded of Paul’s major dilemma of ailment. He was inflicted with what he called both “a messenger of Satan,” and “a thorn in the flesh”. I was reminded that he sought Christ three times to be healed of this and on the third time, Christ responded,
“My grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9)
So basically, Christ, here, tells Paul “no I will not heal you of this affliction” because “My grace is adequate enough” for you. Wow! Jesus outright refused to heal Paul and basically made him revisit salvation and grace in his conscious mind, to remind Paul what blessings he had already ascertained through Christ. And why did Jesus do this? 2 Cor. 12:9, the rest of the verse, gives us the reason.
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9, NIV)
Jesus refused to heal Paul of his infirmity because he wanted Paul to be weak, and have nothing to boast about, so that Christ would be made strong in his weakness. What does this mean?
Christ is God the Son. He lives forever and nothing shall ever take his life. In order for God to get the glory for being God, humans cannot live forever or be healed every time we ask. We must be weaker than God for Him to be God.
It was not only this that Christ spoke about when He said his strength is in our weakness. Christ was humble, not boastful and raised no hand toward any man all of the way to His death. By Paul bring weak, so to speak, by not boasting, He showed the power of Christ within him.
We can gather two absolutes in the least concerning 2 Cor. 12:9. Firstly, that God wants us to remind ourselves always of His grace and mercy that He freely gave to those of us who believe. He wants us, whether we are healed of a disease or affliction or not, to count His grace as enough. His grace, we are to be firmly aware of, is adequate.
Secondly, by showing humility as Christ did we leave all boasting behind. Though we may be weak, we show Christ’s power within us. We show that we truly have His Spirit when we do things by nature that are contrary to the ways of the world. Boasting is very accepted on Earth among human beings. Humility seems like a fad of many years ago. Let us allow Him to shine through once again and we, the church, will begin a revival that sweeps the world.
Let us keep in mind these two absolutes every day. Let His grace be sufficient in all circumstances and let us be humble as He was. By that we show His power. We cannot live here forever. Our bodies testify. On the other hand, within our bodies is the Spirit of Christ, His humility, and ultimately His strength. So while we are not God or anything of the like, let us show Him in our finite bodies. If we do this, we have laid up much treasure in heaven on the day He returns.