“Thorn In The Flesh”


The saying into each life some rain must fall is an almost needed statement for the life of the Believer for if we received everything we wanted there would be no need to call on God for his assistance and comfort. Many of us have endured just plain rude people on occasion or those who are so set on making our lives miserable they have no fear of God whatsoever and they gather together thinking more will be stronger for their evil deeds!. So why would God allow such behaviour in our lives by others who could care less? One simple answer would be those who conduct their life in this manner miss out on the many blessings we as Believer’s enjoy, but it is out of the love of God for us that he allows it! “The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil”.(Proverbs 16:4-6).

Remember the story of Paul who was allowed to see a vision of God of heaven and was given a thorn in the flesh so he would not be exalted, and even though he asked God three times to remove it he then learned the lesson why it was given as to keep him humble! “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”.  (2 Corinthians 12:4-9).

Did you notice in verse seven who was behind this thorn (misery), none other than the messenger of satan! Did you know satan is on standby just waiting to rain on our parade. He hates all that God’s children stand for within the earth, because they follow his will and have turned from sin to Christ that is the Saviour that he thought he could exalt himself and be, but was brought down to hell and the sides of the pit! (Isaiah 14:12-16). We read of righteous Job who held onto all his faith as satan tried his best to swallow him up, and yet Job was blessed even more for all he endured. We too as Christians can learn that as we draw closer to the Lord he truly is faithful who promised all protection from any enemy. (Job 1:6-11).

We as Christian’s are not of the world that is so easily beset by it’s sin. We can read of other’s who had a thorn in the flesh as we learned which will humble us to not become haughty and lose sight of the importance of looking up to where all our help comes from! It is a faith of miraculous power. (Hebrews 11:33-37). Let’s be of those who have put their hand to the plow and will not look back to the old life, but continue on in the strength from the one who has called us!





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