Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Focus Verse: And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
“If I never had a stormy day, stormy day
Then I wouldn’t know that you could take all my pain away
If my friends had never walked away, so far away
Then I wouldn’t know that you would always stay, never stray
From my side when I was going through, didn’t have a clue
Of what I should do but then you brought me through, you always do
Thankful for those things that I went through (If I never had issues)
Then I wouldn’t know you like I do”
I woke up one morning with these song lyrics on my heart. Instantly, I started to think of that one thing that I find myself consistently asking God to give me strength for. It made me think of Paul in 2 Corinthians, when he referenced the thorn in his side that he consistently went to God and asked Him to remove and God replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
Reminiscing over my walk with Christ, I realized I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my thorn. In no way am I praising it, but I thank God for the thorn and how He has used it to keep me close to Him. I wouldn’t know God as my companion and confidant without it. I wouldn’t know Him as the prayer answering God that my grandmother always spoke of. I wouldn’t know of His strength that carries me when I am too weak to continue on. And I couldn’t encourage you to thank Him for your thorn without the experience I have gained from mine.
What is that thing that you think your whole life would be so much better without, but for whatever reason, you just can’t seem to get rid of it? I encourage you today to thank God for your thorn. Because without it, you wouldn’t know God like you do!
Prayer: You are so amazing, God. I thank You for knowing all things. There are so many times that I have considered what my life would be like without this thorn in my side. But then I realize without it, my life with You wouldn’t be the same. Help me to continue to see You, even when things get uncomfortable. And allow me to accept your grace that is just what I need in those time. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen!