When the Thorn Won’t Stop Jabbing You

The thorn God has allowed in my side for decades now has been jabbing me so hard recently that I have been moving ever close to the point of calling it quits when it comes to the work that I am called to do. But God has reminded me exactly why He has allowed that thorn in my life, and His purpose for the thorn is NOT to stop loving and serving Him. The purpose of the thorn is to help me to be humble, to allow God’s strength to be made perfect in my weakness, and so the power of Christ might be seen through my life.

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So how am I supposed to carry on when the thorn keeps jabbing at me? By remembering that God’s grace is sufficient for me, by continuing to be a hearer and a doer of His Word, and by choosing to be thankful that God would allow me this thorn instead of resisting it. No amount of resistance or complaining or fighting against the thorn has ever brought me any relief. There is only one place I have ever found the true peace I desire, and that peace is not found in thorns nor in roses. That peace is in Christ.

If you are tired of being jabbed by the thorn God has allowed in your life, and if you are even thinking of calling it quits, I implore you to study these scriptures and allow God to strengthen you in your weakness and to allow the power of Christ to rest upon you. 

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NASB

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