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A THORN IN THE FLESH

Today’s devotion provides us the opportunity for self-examination. Many of us have a thorn in our flesh. Regardless of how hard we try to live for God, Satan seems to have a foothold in our lives. The things we want to do, we find we may not be able to do. The things we don’t want to do, we find ourselves doing. All of us are vulnerable to our weak flesh. At times, the flesh is weak and causes us to act out in ways that dishonor God. Our saintly-looks and behavior are not immune against the devil rising up in us. That is why it is important to check ourselves and constantly work on dealing with this thorn in our flesh. Our scripture reference for this devotion is II Corinthians 12:7.

 “Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.”

Paul, the humble servant of the Lord is transparent. He does not try to hide or conceal the thorn in His flesh. He acknowledges it. Paul sees the divine purpose working out in physical suffering that has kept him from being prideful and arrogant. Paul recognizes that humility was not easy to obtain, nor automatic because of his commitment to God. Although this thorn was Satan’s attack against him, it would be used ultimately for his growth. He did not see himself as arriving at spiritual maturity for he understood it was a work in progress. Highly educated and gifted, Paul knew that it could be easy for him to become proud; which would be against God’s will. Paul knew that in the midst of Satan’s attacks, the thorn in his flesh kept him in the hands of God. It is amazing that what the devil means for evil, God turns around for good. If you recognize the thorn in your flesh, it does not have to be for your destruction, but for your growth to prevent you from being proud but remaining humble unto the Lord.