Let’s talk about the Grace of God:
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12, Paul explains to us his “messenger of Satan,” a thorn in his flesh he describes it as:
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” – 2 Corinthians 12:7, ESV
We see Paul explain to us here that he was given a thorn in his flesh to harass him, and to keep him from becoming conceited. What we must understand here is that Paul is not indicting the Lord as someone who harasses his disciples, but more so what we can learn from this text, is that Paul is expressing his discontentment.
Now it is unclear to us exactly what “thorn in the flesh” Paul was referring to here, but what we all can attest to, is the discontentment that comes with being afflicted.
For Paul, this thorn in the flesh was used to keep him from being conceited in the faith. It was used to remind him of his dependency on God, and on God’s surpassing greatness and glory. This thorn in the flesh was used to keep Paul close to God.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8, ESV
Have you ever complained to God before, or expressed to him your discontentment with a specific area or situation in your life?
I know I have.
Often times, we can mistake the tests and trials from God as the lack of grace from God. In John chapter 9, we see Jesus and his disciples pass by a man who was blind from birth.
Jesus’s disciples misread the man’s blindness, asking:
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” – John 9:2, ESV
Jesus corrects their misinterpretation of the man’s situation by stating,
“It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3, ESV
Jesus was basically saying to his disciples, that one man’s disability was the work of God, that God may be made known by his situation, through the workings of miracles.
Just because one person’s situation looks unpromising, doesn’t mean that God is not in it, and that God is not using it for his glory.
God explains to Paul,
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV
This is the conclusion that God wants to take each and every one of us to:
God’s love is perfect, and his grace is sufficient for us.
God uses life’s lessons to teach us how to depend on him for our needs. He uses our weaknesses to show us his glory, and he turns our weakness into his strength.
Through the torture and pain of Paul’s afflictions, God used it to show and teach Paul how to depend on him all the more.
God wants you to know that his grace is sufficient for you. God’s grace is enough.
Grace and peace fam.