It resonated with me, as I have often wondered why God doesn't take my depression away. I did some googling around the verse above - here are some of the comments / commentaries etc that I found.
- A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God's work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God's warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, "I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory," defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own strength.
- If this verse expresses a principle that is true of life, and God knows it is true that His strength is made perfect in our weakness, what do you think He is busy accomplishing with us? Making us weak, isn't He? And what makes us feel weak? It is being under attack, feeling inadequate to handle the pressures and the problems that we have. If you feel weak, then, it is not only the devil that makes you feel that way, but it is God, too. God makes us feel this weakness to keep us from adopting attitudes that could render us useless in the work of spreading His kingdom.
- Here is what I think the Lord was saying to Paul in this moment: “Paul, I have given you many gifts that you have used to glorify Me. But now, you have a chance to REALLY show My power. For you see, Paul, when you turn this weakness over to Me, LOOK OUT! People will know that I am truly at work because in your weakness you trusted Me. Turn it over to me, Paul, and watch My power shine brighter than it has ever shown in your life before!
This has led me back to my Verse for 2014 - reminding me that in my weakness, I need to clothe myself every day in the armour of God. (I first typed that as "amour of God" - being clothed in God's love isn't a bad thing either!)
Maybe God won't take my depression away - but maybe that will keep me close to Him.
Paul had his thorn, and I've got mine.
Everything happens for a reason - God's plan is perfect.