Thorns of Our Flesh

What troubles us day to day? Is it our inability to eat right? Is it that we desire to spend more time with God, but don’t? It is that one person at work that seems to make everything unbearable?

Our flesh is so weak and these sort of things are just the “thorns” that Paul was talking about in 2 Cor 12. The funny thing is that Paul looks to focus on his weaknesses, his inability to fix, control, or defeat the thorn’s himself. I am sure that Paul could have “fixed” anything with his natural ability otherwise he would not have needed the challenges spoken of in the passage.

One of my “thorns” is going to Costco! At certain times of the day there are so many people there, people that I can’t seem to get along with in my spirit. So my only recourse is to pray, pray for the people that trouble me, pray for my spirit to be open and not be troubled. Then I have to be good with the knowledge that God hears these prayers and will honor them as He sees fit, therefore I have to be willing to do what I can do in the flesh (pray) to have my spirit be whole.

The Thorns of our flesh may hurt and cause conflict in our souls, but as Paul reminds us, “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. 10 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.

Can we be more like Paul? Allowing ourselves to be strengthened as we let conflicts slide by, by not demanding that we “win” every challenge or inconvenience. Paul is willing to have his thorns in his side so that he will not get PUFFED up in his mind, which may just be the biggest thorn of them all.


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