SUNDAY July 29, 2018
Thorn in the Flesh
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
2 Corinthians 12:7-8
Can you imagine what Paul must have felt like when he had a thorn in his flesh? He asked God to remove it three times, but God allowed it to remain. The Lord told Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul surrendered to God’s will. He wrote: Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Many people suffer with cancer, and they sometimes get very concerned. I do not blame them. But God is in control. Ask yourself, “Who has allowed these things to happen?” Whatever we are going through, whether it is cancer, diabetes, stroke, headaches or stress, know that God has you where He wants you. Seriously, is God in charge or not? Otherwise, you would not suffer with such an illness.
I believe with all my heart that if we do not suffer, we will never know God’s will or know Him intimately. I never really knew about suffering; I honestly thought that illness was for those who were weak people. But when I begin to suffer, I began to understand, and I repented before God for my lack of compassion towards others. I understand that the Lord allows these situations, not only to open our hearts so we can really trust Him, but He also uses affliction for His purposes and His glory.
Unless we are raptured, every one of us will die, and God knows when that time will be. We are here temporarily, so we cannot get comfortable.
If we remember that by death we are called back from exile to home, to our heavenly fatherland, shall we then not be filled with comfort?
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