” Therefore in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10
This scripture is powerful, gripping, a reality check and a comfort to me… I too suffer with a thorn that, even though I have pleaded with the Lord for healing, sought healing prayer, yet it hasn’t come… Like Job’s well meaning friends, I have heard all manner or reasons from others, like “You don’t have enough faith” or “There must be some deep thing God is working out in you”…. Honestly, I have struggled with those questions and finger pointing! God alone knows my heart and the depth of my faith, it’s not something I have to prove to anyone on earth. I have sought and continue to seek Him in the deep places of my heart, mind and soul to work on and workout the things that need to be shed from life. And let me tell you, He alone has healed me from MUCH, both physical and psychological, true miracles! Yet, the thorn remains….
“My grace is sufficient for you”
ponder that for a moment. If that is true, then there is no circumstance, no pain, no sorrow, nothing can separate us from Him and peace and joy can still be found in the midst of it. There is no pill, surgery, lottery or other means of “fixing” needed, He is enough for me!
“For my power is made perfect in weakness”
whoa! Let that marinate on your soul…. My weakness gives Him POWER, I will boast, along with Paul in all my struggles! The bible is full of patriarchs and matriarchs that were weak in many ways both physical and psychological, yet God used them and their issues to bring Him glory and further His kingdom. It’s not about us, it’s about Him… bringing Him Glory, Honor Praise and others to Him.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong”
of course God is working something out in me, that is the sanctification process on this side of heaven. Without the tormenting thorn, how much would I lean on the Lord? Would I become conceited or boastful about my own accomplishments? My constant need for His sufficient grace, would it be as great? Only God knows! He knows best, His plans for me are perfect and promise me a future of hope. We do, however, still live in a fallen, sinful world. Jesus never promised this life would be sunshine and roses, but He did promise that for eternity, if we choose Him, believe in Him and follow Him! That is what I hold on to and I believe the thorns in our lives keep our easily distract eyes on heaven, not the things of this earth…