To keep me from being conceited…there was given me a thorn in my flesh. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 2:12
Our friend Job comes to know God better and his suffering ceases as Paul picks up the theme.
My sense is that Paul is humbled if not embarrassed by this “thorn in my flesh” as he never calls it by name. I can relate.
I have a thorn in my flesh. I have no idea how it compares to Paul’s. It is my thorn and it festers , frustrates and hurts more than I care to admit. I am not moving “from victory to victory” here. There is no pride in bearing it. I am not thankful for it and my attitude stinks. I want it gone…yesterday.
But this I know, ”My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” This is the truth, no matter how I feel about it or myself.
Lord, I thank you for your grace and power at work in my life. I cling to it. Thank you that you forgive and redeem. You cause me to look up and enjoy your presence and forget that which has made me drag my feet. I love you and remain amazed by your grace. Amen