Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So much has been questioned about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” Was it poor
eyesight? Was it circumstances? Was it some other physical ailment? I don’t
think it really matters exactly what Paul’s thorn was.
The important thing is that Paul had something that tormented him, something
that he asked God to remove. Something that caused him so much pain—physical or
emotional—that he implored God to take it away.
Implored means “to call upon in supplication or beseech; to call or pray for
earnestly or entreat.” Paul wasn’t making a
casual request. He earnestly pleaded for this thorn to be removed.
Sometimes I wonder if
Paul’s “three times” really meant three “seasons.” I know I’ve gone through
especially rough seasons with my health when I’ve certainly implored God to
heal me. Yet other times, I just manage the pain with God’s strength. In any
case, God had a different plan for Paul’s life … and for mine as well.
I’ve found my pain to be a blessing. Yes, a blessing. First, my pain—my
weakness—truly is my strength because I’m so aware of God’s grace. More times
than I can count, I’ve needed God’s strength just to get me out of bed. Second,
God uses my pain to comfort others. Because I can sincerely relate to those who
suffer from chronic health issues, I can encourage them by sharing how God has
worked in and through my pain.
I would rather live in pain and be able to boast about Christ’s power in me
than live pain-free because it truly in my weakness than I am strong.