2 Corinthians 12:9 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.
The Apostle Paul had a unique ministry assignment. He was to complete the deficiency or what was lacking in the revelation of Scripture. Colossians 1:23 says it this way, “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.” What was kept secret from previous generations was to be unveiled through what he wrote. As a result of these revelations he faced numerous attacks by the enemy even at one point a messenger form satan (2 Corinthians 12:1-8).
Second Corinthians 11:23-29 is the list of the perils and setbacks he faced (From the New Testament in Modern Speech (Weymouth) :
23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.) Much more am I His servant; serving Him more thoroughly than they by my labours, and more thoroughly also by my imprisonments, by excessively cruel floggings, and with risk of life many a time.
24 From the Jews I five times have received forty lashes all but one.
25 Three times I have been beaten with Roman rods, once I have been stoned, three times I have been shipwrecked, once for full four and twenty hours I was floating on the open sea.
26 I have served Him by frequent travelling, amid dangers in crossing rivers, dangers from robbers; dangers from my own countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles; dangers in the city, dangers in the Desert, dangers by sea, dangers from spies in our midst;
27 with labour and toil, with many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, in frequent fastings, in cold, and with insufficient clothing.
28 And besides other things, which I pass over, there is that which presses on me daily–my anxiety for all the Churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led astray into sin, and I am not aflame with indignation?
I’ve had some bad days and setbacks but nothing compared to that. The devil constantly tried to push Paul down but he kept getting back up. What could make him so unstoppable? Second Corinthians 12:9, 10 tells us, “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.”