by Mary Stout
‘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. ‘ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Thorns are painful. They seem to latch on and tear us up, don’t they? Whether it’s a thorn in the flesh or a thorn in a relationship or a thorn of illness, all of us have them. Thorns can wreak havoc in your mind and your flesh, can’t they?
Paul knew a little something about thorns. He begged God three times to take the thorn away. As great a man of faith as Paul was, he struggled with God because of the thorn. I am guessing he voiced his concern to God letting him know he was unhappy, annoyed, or at his wits end.
First prayer: No answer. Paul continued praying.
Second prayer: No answer. Paul kept praying
Third prayer: God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power in made perfect in weakness.”
That’s when the light bulb went off if you will. His attitude changed. He realized he needed a different perspective to carry on his mission for God. Instead of whining about the thorn or complaining about it, Paul delighted in his weakness. He realized the glory of Christ could shine through him when he changed his attitude to gratitude. Grace changes Paul, and it will change you, too
So whether you are having a thorn of any sort, find the grace the Lord gave you and use it for his glory. In spite of the thorns, showing others the glory of God in you shining through.When they see that, they will see Jesus.
Prayer: Living and loving Father, thank you for the thorns in my life. Help me to embrace them with your grace, mercy and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.