I love the Apostle Paul! His life exemplified persistent faith.
No one has a better story, going from killing Christians to becoming one.
After his conversion, Paul's biggest passion was telling the Good News so that people might believe in Jesus. He was so on fire for the Lord that he faced many trials and persecutions such as imprisonment repeatedly, whipped, stoned, faced death several times, and shipwrecked three times. Just to name a few!
2 Corinthians is an incredible book because it is perhaps Paul at his most emotional., it's
when you hear from Paul when he’s really struggling.
In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote about his mysterious "thorn in the flesh," which he begged God to remove from his life. Paul’s initial reaction to his “thorn” was probably not unlike that of many of us: “Why me?” “What have I done to deserve this?” “Please remove this from me.” “This is not fair.”.The “thorn in the flesh” was to serve as a reminder of his dependence upon the Lord. That by willing submission brings God’s grace to strengthen him and help him bear that which is imposed.
Then he wrote this:
"But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9.
The Word says that His grace is sufficient for us, because His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Wow, Paul found spiritual pleasure in the horrible things that happened to him in his life because he felt powerless, he could feel the power in God in him the most. The more apparent Paul’s weaknesses were, the more obvious it was that his successes came from the Lord. because it is in the places where we admit our need that He can come through for us!
As Christians, we are called to focus on God and be persistent in our faith amid challenging times. Our strength is limited. God’s strength is unlimited. That is why we need to depend on God’s strength, not our own.