Being chronically ill with CFS/ME has been a long slow journey for me one that I have wrestled with and resigned myself to. My main frustration is the feeling of being useless as I’m physically restricted on the amount of things I can do. I know all through this time it has been God keeping me afloat and carrying me through but as the illness continues I wonder what do I gain from this?
Desiring Gods blog describes the purpose for weakness rather well.
Here’s the secret: the more aware you are of God’s grace, the more humble, prayerful, thankful, patient, gracious, content and joyful you will be. And you are more aware of God’s grace when you are weak than when you are strong.
God will use the strengths he has given you. He certainly used Paul’s strengths. But if it’s contentment in God that you long for, then thank God for your weaknesses. Because it is through them that you and others will really know that God’s grace is sufficient for you.