Thorn in the Flesh

…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given 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. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NIV)

grace-is-sufficientAre you struggling with a physical or emotional ailment or situation? Perhaps you pray every day for God to take it away but it seems as though your prayers are falling on deaf ears. You may even think that your quality of life and ability and effectiveness to serve God would be so much greater if He would only remove this.

One thing is certain, God hears your prayers. Your heavenly Father is madly in love with you. He definitely cares about all that you are going through. You are not alone in your struggle. As a matter of fact, Jesus is in heaven interceding on your behalf right now. As you are going about your day, Someone very special is serving as your advocate.

It may be hard to fathom why God has yet to remove this issue but His thoughts, ways and reasons are so much higher than we could possibly comprehend. It is imperative that we understand that even though God cares deeply for what we are enduring as individuals, we are all intricately connected and have a role in His grand upper story. Perhaps what You are dealing with has less to do with you and more to do with God using your circumstance in some unique way to draw people to Himself.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for hand-picking me to deal with what I’m going through. I praise You whether You decide to remove it or not. Either way, may my response to this situation be uplifting and draw many people to You.

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