by Randy Chambers, 2014-10-21
2 Corinthians 12:7, NIV: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these
surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a
messenger of Satan, to torment me.
What Paulís thorn was, exactly, remains a mystery. Many have ventured a guess.
But what his thorn was is not nearly as important as to why it was there. Paul
was aware of the magnificence of the work God was doing through him. He realized
how easy it would be to take pride in such things. In Paulís understanding, his
thorn kept him from thinking too much of himself. We too are blessed with
thorns. They are the uncomfortable things God allows to remain in us in order to
keep us from becoming prideful, and with the purpose of drawing our hearts to
Him. But, because of sin, we also suffer the curse of thorns--the thorns of sin
that drive us from God. Through Christ, these thorns can be removed. As we place
ourselves at Godís feet, and are filled with Him, He can remove the thorns from
the inside out; filling us so that the thorns have no place left in us to
reside. We cannot know all the reasons for the thorns, but we can trust
God does, and that He knows what to do with each and every one of them.