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Doug Mcnett // 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 // We do not get to know what it was that Paul was struggling with. Some feel as if it was some sort of physical ailment, such as poor eyesight or a skin condition. Regardless of exactly what Paul’s thorn was, we do know that Paul was struggling and that he desired God to remove it.  Paul pleaded with God to free him from the torment that He was experiencing and God’s response was “no”.

The reality that we learn from Paul here is that sometimes God is silent. Sometimes, God says “no,” as he did with Paul.  However, God also states:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul turns his attention to God’s power, not just to remove the thorn, but he relies on that power to work through the pain of the thorn. Paul says, “he delights in his weakness, in persecution, in hardships and difficulties, he says, it’s because when he, Paul is weak, then, he is truly strong by the power of God.”

God will not grant our every request. He will not take away every pain. But He will always be there to gently wrap us in His arms of love, wiping our tears and giving us the strength and motivation to press on.