Second Corinthians paints a detailed portrait of God’s servants that stands in stark contrast with the world’s superficial snapshot of leadership. In this letter, Paul teaches us that God works through humble servants, the weak and the frail, to display the glories of his power and sufficiency of his grace.
Pain and suffering, sickness and sorrow do not happen by accident. They are not caused by lack of faith. They are not meaningless events that must simply be endured. God works through them all. They come to us by his sovereign design. “Behind a frowning providence, he hides a smiling face.”