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Mar 15

His Grace is Sufficient

Thorns

Thorns (Photo credit: Jinx!)

II CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 

To keep me from becoming conceited…there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Dear Lord,

This teaching is hard to comprehend, to accept the thorn in my flesh that has worn me down to nothing could be for my good.  I have pleaded with you three times three thousand times to take it from me – yet it is still with me.  The many years continue to pass and I continue experiencing devastating, painful torment. I continue to plead for Your merciful deliverance from ravaging effects of emotional, mental and physical agony.  Though You have not delivered me in the way I have asked, I know Your powerful grace continues to sustain my spirit in my weakness.  Then I realize, perhaps I comprehend this teaching after all.

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