Some of us seem to do better than others. Recently, Grammy Winner Kelly Clarkson offered these words of encouragement in her song “STRONGER.” The popular lyrics go like this: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But the truth is that sometimes things in our life hurt and it’s hard to see how they make us stronger.

The Apostle Paul spoke of just such a struggle in 2 Corinthians. Paul said he had a “thorn in the flesh” that was both painful and problematic. Paul’s response was to pray that God would remove it. Here is what Paul said:

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 12:8-10).

So if you’re struggling with something today, ask God to remove it. But don’t ever forget that even if he doesn’t remove it God can use it and make you Stronger.

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