July 5, 2014

Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:7-10, "...there was given me 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."

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.

4 comments:

  1. That is a good message for me to read today Laurel.

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    1. Hey Todd, I'm glad it was a blessing to you! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  2. Many "whys" I look forward to understanding when pain isno more

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