Boasting about weaknesses?
That is such a foreign thought. If you’re like me, you find your own weaknesses to be embarrassing. I don’t like to be thought of as weak by other people, and it’s difficult for me to admit my faults. Yet, I am weak—just like Paul admits he is in this passage.
In this passage, the thorn in Paul's flesh is spoken of as "a messenger of Satan." Satan meant this torment for evil, but God uses it as a way to show his power. I wonder what he meant by the “thorn in my flesh.”
Was it physical pain? Mental? Spiritual?
Whatever the source of Paul’s pain, I know that every person I have ever met has experienced some type of pain—including you and me. Maybe, like me (and Paul), you have pleaded with the Lord to take the pain away from you … but in his perfect wisdom, God hasn’t.
I find it interesting that the Lord does not intervene in Paul’s situation, or answer the "Why?" question we all want answered.
Instead, he says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Do you have any thoughts to add? I'd love to hear from you -- comment below.