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2 Corinthians 12:7-9
2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (ESV): "...a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Contrary to popular belief, God doesn't always desire to heal us on this side of heaven. Sometimes He specifically allows a "thorn in the flesh" by way of a messenger from Satan in our lives to keep us humble. Praise God!
If anyone was tempted to be conceited it was Paul. He had been given such tremendous revelation from God that it could easily become a temptation for him to think more highly of himself than he ought and perhaps even sway man to elevate him (vs 6). God thought it best to "give" Paul a thorn in the flesh. He would allow a messenger of Satan to buffet Paul to keep him humble. Paul prayed for the "thorn" to be taken three times but God declined by telling him that His strength is made perfect in weakness. Paul understood and boasted about his weakness as a result.
Have you ever considered that God might be allowing a messenger of Satan to keep you from becoming conceited? Perhaps that health problem or the disability you are plagued with is meant as a buffet from God. Don't assume the worst though. Pray and ask the Lord to heal you but be OK with Him saying no. Remember His strength is made perfect in your weakness. Amen?
Father, we thank You for the blessings that come from difficulties. May we never cower or become angry with You for the things You allow. Help us to remember You have our best interest in mind. Have Your way we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
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