2 Corinthians 12:7 Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
In this chapter the apostle Paul is writing about his need to remain humble despite great things the Lord Jesus has shown him (revelations) and done through him. Humility is very important.
“Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.”
What exactly this “thorn” might be is unclear. It most likely refers to a physical ailment of some kind that got in Paul’s way from time to time. Perhaps epilepsy, migraine headaches, or something of this sort that came and went without warning.
Like anyone else, Paul first prayed that the Lord would heal him. No question this sort of ailment would keep him from being his very best as a minister of the gospel. Yet, Paul was not healed. His wish was not granted, to his great disappointment.
8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.
The picture included with today’s blog post is one of a well-known Australian evangelist named Nick Vujicic. He was born with no arms and two small, undersized legs/feet. His story of growing from self-pity to empowerment is amazing. Nothing in his physical situation changed. Yet he met the Lord Jesus, who changed his life forever – on the inside. It has made all the difference. If you’ve never heard Nick speak, check him out on YouTube.
Lord Jesus, so often we focus on our limitations rather than your strength. Give us grace to trust you to do great things through flawed people like us. Amen.