Words Of Life

Thorn In My Flesh (The suffering Christian and God’s Sovereignty)

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (KJV)

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.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. …

The purpose of this thorn was beneficiary to Paul to prevent him from boasting.

    Paul’s thorn was not stated explicitly, as the source of the real pain for the Apostle’s life was undisclosed. Could it be that He was speaking metaphorically, but all the same we could tell that it was something that really bothered him for this he besought the Lord thrice that He should take away.

    The life of Paul through the epistles already testify to the sufferings he went through for the sake of God’s will for humanity.

Another character study picked up from the write up was that of Prophet Hosea. This Prophet was directed of the Lord to go marry an harlot; the intent of God was to show Hosea the depth of His love for the people of Israel.

Through this experience; Hosea got a deeper sense of purpose and understood God better.

He was moved to minister to the lost in an effort to bring them back to God; here we see the light of God’s sovereign will revealed.

Suffering as seen is a tool God uses to get our attention and to accomplish His purpose in our lives. Something we must know;

The Lord will do anything possible to get our attention even if it goes against our will sometimes.

Again, suffering is purposeful and for the Christian it’s goal is to conform us to Christ (Christlikeness).

Romans 8:28-29 (KJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. …

Suffering also builds perseverance, strength and character.

James 1:2-4 (KJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. …

Sometimes suffering is also a way of God’s discipline demonstrating His love.

Hebrews 12:6 (KJV)

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Sovereignty has to do with the exercise of the power of rule, and exceptional quality. God’s sovereignty simply put is God in control. His sovereignty makes Him superior to all other gods.

God has no limitations, and His sovereignty has given us the free will to make choices and decisions that shape our lives. But because of His grace; whatever thorn it is that we may be enduring; we can be confident in this very thing.

That in our weakness His strength is being made perfect.

The End

Credit For Write up : Sarah Ekua Addo.

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