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. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (ESV)
There are times we can relate to Paul’s situation. Times when we would have things differently, yet the Lord’s answer is no. Imagine what we would be like if the Lord didn’t keep us from becoming conceited. We would be so full of us, there would be no room for him.
Paul asked three times to have his thorn removed, three times the answer was no. The Lord’s response was; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. The Lord shows his power in our weakness. Many times we would wish for another way, but another way would not produce contentment in us. We would always seek another way, rather than be content where he has us.
We don’t know what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was. We don’t need to know. What we need to know is that just like Paul, we need to learn to take no for answer and be content where we are, knowing that his grace is sufficient for us. For the sake of Christ we must learn contentment and patience in our weakness.
In our weakness, we are strong.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman