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Welcoming Trials

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take [this thorn] away from me.” (2 Cor 12:8)
Recently I read about the current top American woman in professional golf – Stacy Lewis. She has scoliosis – a curvature of the spine. In her teens, she was required to wear a hard plastic brace – 24/7 – with one exception…. one reprieve. She could remove the brace on the golf course. So this teenager spent as much time on the golf course as she could. She told Golf Digest in an interview “If I’d had a healthy back, you might not have heard of Stacy Lewis.”
Our verse for today’s devotion was spoken by Paul. We don’t know exactly what his “thorn” was. But God’s answer each time he asked that the thorn be removed was “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (verse 9). And, over time, Paul put this “thorn” in the proper Christian perspective as he stated in the rest of verse 9 “Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
What weakness do you experience that causes you to turn to God? I can think of two such “thorns” in my life and, reflecting on them, I can say YES – they both cause me to rely upon God’s provision. And, to be honest, I must admit that, for too many years I asked for God to remove these thorns rather than asking for His strength to deal with them – which is how I view these issues today.
What thorns has God blessed you with? Turn to Him, rely upon Him and be thankful.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Cor 12:10)

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