THEME: DELAYED PURPOSE
2 Corinthians 12:7-9
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 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.”
–The above text may have some ambiguities which can cause one to form dogmatic conclusions about certain particulars in this section. Although what is clear is that apostle Paul experienced a thorn in the flesh. This can be translated to mean a tense, wearyingly difficult or affliction caused by a messenger of Satan or demonic agent. This caused Paul great consternation and ultimately served a good purpose, becoming the occasion for a revelation to him of the overcoming grace of God, which proved sufficient in the midst of his weakness. We know that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-17). Even though Paul was buffeted by Satan, either directly or indirectly, he did not cease serving God but remained strong in the Lord. We are reminded to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power amidst every tribulation or delay in prayer and purpose. To put on the full armor of God that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. The belt of truth buckled around our waists, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, shield of faith that extinguishes all the flaming arrows of the evil one, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Moreover, we are called to pray reverently like Paul who prayed three times and the thorn was removed from his flesh. The parable of the unjust judge and the widow reveals to us that God responds faithfully to persistent prayer, and grants us His abundant grace even in the most desperate situations (Luke 18:1-8).
We extol You Lord at all times, Your praises will always be on our lips. We glory in You Lord God Almighty, let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. We shout for joy to You Lord in all the earth. We worship You Lord our God with gladness and come before You with joyful songs. Only You Lord are good and Your love endures forever. Your faithfulness continues through all generations. How great are You in all the heavens and the earth. May Your unending peace dear Jesus sanctify us completely. May our whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at Your coming Jesus Christ. May Your deliver us completely from even thorn in our flesh and make us whole in You and Your divine purpose Jesus Christ. May You deliver us from the snares of the enemy and make us stand upon You dear Jesus, the Rock of our salvation. May Your grace and favor forever dwell in our hearts to deliver Your power that saves us from all weakness. When we are weak then we are strong for You are in us and with us Holy Spirit. Thank You for making us more than conquerors in You dear Jesus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Luke 18:1–8, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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