And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
It’s not an empty “no”, however. He says “No. BUT I give you My sufficient grace to walk through your life with it. My sufficient grace is that which picks you up when you keep letting Me down. My sufficient grace is that which abounds in forgiveness each time you fall short of My glory. I promise that as long as you’re seeking My face, I will pour out my sufficient grace on you. I will give you an increased hatred for sin, so you will continually pursue after righteousness. You must share in My Son’s sufferings, for He was tempted like as you are, but My sufficient grace will make it possible for you.”
It is in weakness that Christ’s sufficient strength is made known. We cannot know the heights of His strength until we understand the deepness of our weakness. Only then will we glory in our struggles, temptations, trials, pain, and infirmities. We will glory because we know that through our sinful nature, Christ is increasingly magnified. It takes darkness to show forth the brightness of light, and when Jesus is held up to our sinfulness, we see Him in all His glory. His power rests upon us, giving our hearts and minds the strength of His sufficient grace.