Initially when I started with Christ, and whenever I get to the Book of Job or any verse from it, I used to say I dont think I will ever be able to stand such sufferings and pains. But as time passed, I realized that being in Christ, learn to live with the Thorn rather than trying to fight it or run away from it.
2 Corinthians 12:6-8Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,or because of these surpassingly great revelations. 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.
Thorn takes us more closer to the Lord - Refering to thethe lives of athepeople who were called.For Abraham not having a son was a thorn brought him more closer to God and made him the father of faith. Jobbecause of his losses, pains and sufferings he came more closer to God. For King David, his sin and repentence, brought him more closer to God (Holy Spirit). As for Peter His denial and repentance, brought Him more closer to God and His purpose (On this rock I will build my church). For Paulhisthorn brought Him more closer to God. (To preach the Gospel to the Gentiles.)
Also, when we look into the lives of other saints as well we can see how the Thornhas been a driving factor forthem to be more dedicated to their calling. Thorn is something that Satan brings in our life to test our faith, which we can only overcome by the Grace of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
Romans 1:7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Thorn comes as part of the commitment we have with Christ (We are all called to be Saints) - We are committed to be with Him andserve Him alone whole heartedly and this causes our ways to be diffferent from the ways of the rest of the world. By choosing to be in Christ, we chose to be isolated from the world and its teachings. We chose to standapart fromthe worldly teaching and bear our cross. We chose topreach the Gospel and bringin more people to the Heavenly kingdom. We chose to refine our inner being (by the fire of the Holy Spirit.) We chose to meditate on His name and on the cross. We chose to speak the truth though it might be bitter to others. We chose simplicity and live with what is necessary rather than live in abundance.
Additionally, Satan keeps bringing in doubts and questions about our faith and righteousness, we keep calling on to the Lord and seek His guidance and help to fight them. Try to be in communion with Him as much longer andcloser as possible. To begin with we start with 10 mins as day with God and go till 24hrs a day with Him by the end of our life. It is a slow transition of being Isolated from the world, from friends, family relatives, siblings, kids, prioritizing Him more than anyone. He is everything for us. Even more than our Body, Mind and Soul - He is everything.
The main challenge isthe transitionto be saints, which the Holy Spirit is brining in us and our cooperation and understanding of it. 4
2 Corinthians 12:9-10But 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. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Thornis our weakness (of any form)revealed tous - We all start our lives with the assumption that we are strong, we are good, we are righteous, we are the best. But thenat some pointof our life we get thisrevelation that we are sinners, we are weak, we are unrighteous, we are notbest.It is a choice if someone wants to live with their weakness or do we want God's strength to fill theweakness. When we chose to accept the Lordall our weaknesses (thorn of any form) is filled or replaced with theHoly Spirit (presence of the Lord.) The abyss insideus which is created byoursins is filled with the Spirit ofGod.
"Thorn is our weakness (of any form) revealed to us - We all start our lives with the assumption that we are strong, we are good, we are righteous, we are the best. But then at some point of our life we get this revelation that we are sinners, we are weak, we are unrighteous, we are not best.It is a choice if someone wants to live with their weakness or do we want God's strength to fill the weakness. When we chose to accept the Lord all our weaknesses (thorn of any form) is filled or replaced with the Holy Spirit (presence of the Lord.) The abyss inside us which is created by our sins is filled with the Spirit of God."
I appreciate how The Holy Spirit has given you this "rich, insightful" truth. It really is an area of spiritual truth and growth that we urgently need to understand, and the manner in which you've presented it brings that understanding into a clearer lens of understanding.
Excellent message sister Deepa N. I too have learned that as long as I walk on this earth, the thorns will always be a part of my life. To Christians that's a good thing, because it means they have indeed chosen the right path.
Your brother in Christ,
I agree. So often our prayer is that God remove the mountain rather than teach us how to climb it. I have seen people so consumed with getting the thorn removed that they focus on nothing else except themselves. Of course there is nothing wrong with bringing our requests to God but we must also learn to accept His answer. We must learn to blossom or shine where we are. We can be confident that God has a purpose for that "thorn" or "mountain" in our lives and we must learn to trust Him, no matter what!