2 Corinthians 12
(1-10) Paul’s Visions and His Thorn
There is nothing to be gained by boasting unless we boast in the Lord.
God gave Paul a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble so he would not become conceited about the revelations that were shown him when he was caught up in the third heaven. Paul pleaded with God three times to have his thorn in the flesh removed, but God thought it best not to do so. He assured Paul that even with the thorn, His grace was enough to get him through. Because of the weakness that the thorn caused Paul to experience, God’s power would be made all the more perfect and evident in his life. This assurance stands true for us today. We may wonder why God is not allowing a certain difficulty in our life to go away, but perhaps He is allowing it to remain to keep us humble and keep us dependent on Him. The power of Christ is able to shine brighter and work stronger through our weaknesses. It is when we are weak that we are strong.
Favorite verse: (9) 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.