Each week we post a scripture to challenge you to hide God’s Word in your heart. Commit it to memory, meditate on it and apply it to your life.
This week’s memory verse:
2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
- This verse records the words of Jesus in response to Paul requesting the Lord to remove his “thorn in the flesh.” The Bible doesn’t tell us what the thorn in the flesh was, although the Corinthian church to whom he was writing to probably knew. It could have been something like poor eyesight or ill health or some kind of psychological issues such as depression or it could have been an ongoing temptation of some kind. Most of us have our own “thorn in the flesh” – maybe even more than one. What is yours?
- Paul prayed fervently and repeatedly until he received the Lord’s answer. When the answer came – it was “no.” For whatever reason, God did not remove this thorn in the flesh. It might be hard to understand why God chose not to. We might could argue that Paul could have served God better without it – but God, in His divine wisdom had a reason for the thorn in the flesh to remain with Paul. Perhaps his witness was even greater because of it – we don’t know. The point is that if we believe verses like Jeremiah 29:11, then even when God’s answer to our request is “no” (whatever the request is), we can rest in the knowledge that God does have a plan for us and that plan is meant to prosper us. God always acts in such a way that it is for our good – even if we can’t understand it. His plans for us are always to give us a hope and future.
- When God’s answer came it wasn’t “No way Paul! You deserve it and you just have to live with this thorn in the flesh.” No – instead God’s “no” was given with both comfort and encouragement. God told Paul that He would give him grace to live with the thorn in the flesh and that through Paul’s weakness, he would know God’s strength because it is when we are at our weakest that we depend and rely on God the most.
- If God chooses not to remove your “thorn in the flesh” will you become angry or rely on God’s strength in your weakness? Will you give God the glory if His answer is “no” just as much as if it were “yes”? Will you allow your “thorn in the flesh” to become a testimony to the power and glory of God in your life – or will you gripe, grumble, complain and use it as an excuse to not serve Him?
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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