“My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”, 2 Corinthians 12:9

These are words spoken to Paul by God himself when Paul asked why God would not remove his thorn.  Paul pleaded with God three times to remove his thorn.  A thorn that was placed in Paul’s flesh.  A very painful thorn. The scriptures do not tell us specifically about the origin of Paul’s thorn.  Just that he had one.  God’s Word does tell us why he was given a thorn.  In verses 2 Corinthians 12 : 7 it states that Paul was given his thorn to keep him from becoming boastful, conceited.

What is your thorn?  Many of us have thorns.  Your thorn may be a physical pain that causes suffering.  Or your thorn may be a very emotional pain.  Recently I was reading a bible study by Angela Thomas called Brave. She spoke very eloquently about this topic. You know you have a thorn when:  1.   A thorn cannot be removed by your own power.  Has this happened to you?  No matter how much you pray, no matter how much you plead with God you still have your thorn.  2.  The originator of the thorn is Satan.  In verse 7 it states, “there was given me a thorn in by flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me”.  3.  The thorn torments you in pain and doubt.  4.  A thorn weaves discouragement into your life.  5.  The piercing of the thorn produces weakness.  6.  God decides when to remove the thorn.

But we are then given words of encouragement about our thorns.  The Lord tells Paul ” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” And Paul stated and I will paraphrase, “Well then I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  I will delight in weakness, in insults, in hardship, in persecutions, and in difficulties.  For when I am weak , then I am strong.”

Our pain becomes a backdrop for God’s Glory.  Our thorns are there for a purpose.  Please rely of God’s grace because he promises that it is sufficient.  Allow Christ’s power to rest upon you. Amen