In the Christian life, we usually equate blessings to faithfulness and difficulties to unfaithfulness, which is often true. God always blesses His people when they are obedient to His words, and He gives difficulties to those that are disobedient so that God can get their attention. However, there are times that God works in mysterious ways. For example, the times when we are faithful and God still allows difficult circumstances, so that we will always depend on Him. The Bible says, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 talks about this kind of situation. In terms of faithfulness, Paul was one of the most faithful Christians that ever lived flesh. We do not know specifically what it was, but it was probably a physical weakness of some kind.
He said in verse 8 that he prayed to God three times, but God said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
God does not promise material and temporal blessings for us all through this life, but He promises power and grace for us to overcome the challenges of life. So, don’t buy into that “look good” and “feel good” promise of man, but thankfully accept God’s trials so that you will grow in
your daily walk with God. God’s power and grace come from trusting in God and His promises.
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.”