2 Corinthians 12:7
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”
Paul was perhaps the greatest disciple to walk the face of the earth.
He never forgot what the Lord had delivered him from.
He had a pedigree of accolades, yet he remained humble.
2 Corinthians 12:6
“For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.”
God allowed a thorn of the flesh to remind Paul of his need for Him.
Although he besought the Lord to remove it, he chose to allow his infirmity to make his faith stronger.
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.”
Paul gladly chose the pain of his thorn in the flesh so that the Lord’s strength could be shown through his weakness.
We are faced with the same choice today.
Will we allow a thorn of the flesh to hinder our service to Him?
May we admit our weaknesses and allow the Lord to show His strength in us.
2 Corinthians 12:10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Job 7-8 | 1 Peter 4
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