- Erik Davis
Reading Through The New Testament In 2016. Day 160. 2 Corinthians 12
I always kind of wondered what the thorn in Paul’s flesh was. Actually is a pretty heavily discussed topic, especially among my friends. Some people think it might be a physical ailment, but others think it could be something deeper emotionally like depression or a sexual sin.
I like thinking about this, because I think it humanizes Paul. Sometimes you can read some of his letters and become intimidated by how spiritual he was, and how he seemed almost too perfect. But then when you read parts of scripture like this, it makes him seem way more relatable.
There are parts of my life where I really, really struggle. I just can’t shake them and in some cases it has moved me to tears because of how frustrated it has made me. There are things, both physically and emotionally that I just cannot grasp fully. I can’t give to God, and it hurts too much. These are my thorns in my flesh.
However, there’s hope. Even if God does not take the burden away, like he did not to Paul, we are reminded that God’s grace is sufficient through those times. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”
Sometimes I forget about the love of the Father. I forget that he truly wants us fully, and that his grace is sufficient. When I struggle with these thorns I just can’t shake, this chapter has helped so much.
Today, reflect on thorns that you can’t shake. Thorns that you’ve begged God to take away. I believe that everybody has them. Then reflect on this very simple verse from this chapter.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”
Repeat that in your head. Read it. Let it embody you. Because Jesus’ grace IS sufficient. And that even in your weakness through it, his power is made perfect.