2 Corinthians 12:6-10 (KJV) 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or [that] he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
So how do I get from grief to glory? The Apostle Paul certainly had his share of infirmities. Losing friends, health, freedom, and nearly losing his life on multiple occasions. It’s quiet obvious that his “thorn” was somewhat grievous to him. Why else would he seek the Lord’s deliverance from it? Yet at the end of this passage, Paul makes it known that he now views these “infirmities” as new avenues to glory. Let’s consider a few things:
1. MY INFIRMITIES
INVISIBLE KINGDOM Every trial or battle we face is a struggle for control. You see, the real kingdom to be won or lost resides in you! Luke 17:21 (KJV) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Do you surrender your belief in God with every infirmity? Of course not! But the question still remains: who’s going to rule? You? Your fears? The world? The enemy? Or, are we going to trust The Lord through it all?
2. MESSENGER OF sATAN
INVISIBLE ENEMY Paul said this “messenger” would buffet him. Meaning he would get hit with something and as soon as he got up he was hit again. We can learn from Scripture that our adversary’s tactics are meant to wear down the saints. (See Daniel 7:25)
3. MY GRACE
INVISIBLE STRENGTH Thankfully, we’re not left to our own devices for survival! The Lord’s response to Paul’s plea for relief was to refer him back to the grace of God. “My grace is sufficient.” So what is the path from grief to glory? God’s Grace! His Grace is sufficient! Leave me your thoughts in the comments section!