Have you been discouraged? Do you wonder why God has not taken away your pain or provided healing? Have you considered He is showing you grace?
We often do not want to hear about God’s blessings or His grace when we are in pain. We disdain anyone talking about blessings in disguise while in the midst of suffering.
Yet we see that Paul was given “a thorn in the flesh.” Though we do not know exactly what the issue was, it is reasonably attributed to a physical ailment of some kind. Guesses range from epilepsy to some type of physical disability. Perhaps a leg or foot issue since he had to walk on his journey’s.
No matter what the “thorn” was, Paul accepted it. He submitted to God’s grace being sufficient. He preached God’s grace being available to everyone who would accept Him, put their faith in Him. His preaching came from experiencing God’s grace redeeming him from his murderous background and his experience of God’s grace through physical ailments.
We, too, can experience God’s grace in physical ailments. No, we don’t have to like them, but we have an opportunity to experience God’s grace in the midst of them.
I pray we all experience God’s grace. I pray we allow His grace to wash over us in the midst of our pain and suffering and our joys. I pray each one of us accept God’s grace, no matter how it may come to us. Experience God’s grace. Know that He sheds grace on you. Trust in God’s grace. His grace is sufficient for you.
2 Corinthians 12:7b-9 Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.