The word "thorn" speaks volumes on its own, we can relate immediately to thoughts of sufferings, pain, trouble, humiliation and physical ailments. Paul's thorn remains vague and cryptic, so that all of us with a "thorn" may readily relate and hopefully apply the spiritual lessons in this passage of scripture, into our own lives.
Some say Paul's "thorn" had to do with his eye condition, possibly from the light that shown upon him when he was traveling to Damascus, I'm not so sure (we will go into that another day), others say Paul's thorn is attributed to the origin of demonic activity permitted by God, still others believe Paul's thorn was given to him to keep him from becoming proud over revelations he had received from God.
I know one thing for sure, Paul's "thorn" kept him grounded and more dependent on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Grace. So what is and how can God's Grace work in our lives to help us live with "our own thorns?"
Our first thoughts of grace may be poised, finesse, beauty and agility. Still, God's Grace is sufficient, it is adequate for the purpose and it is enough for us. Grace is God's presence, God's favor and God's power.
It is a force, a heavenly strength given to those of us who will call upon God. This grace will rest on faithful believers who accept their weaknesses, sicknesses and difficulties for the Gospels sake. See Philippians 4:13
The greater our weakness, the longer our illness and the heavier our burdens for Christ, the more grace God will give to accomplish His will. What God gives us is always sufficient for us to live our daily lives, to work for him and to endure our suffering and our "thorns" in the flesh.
No test or temptation that comes our way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
We must learn to look and see the eternal value in our weaknesses, for they cause Christ's power to rest on us and live within us as we walk through life towards our heavenly and eternal home!!
We may have adversity, but what a glorious adventure to walk, live and depend on God through it all! God meant for us to live and work in partnership with Him, we need never to walk alone or on our own.
And, when we depend totally on God, our viewpoint and attitude changes. We can sleep peacefully and wake up with joyful expectations, waiting to see what God will do next.
So, don't ponder or wonder about "why the thorn" is there. Accept the Grace from God and live victoriously, knowing that "THORN" has caused you to rise above your circumstances!!! You are alive in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is alive in you!
I pray that God's grace abounds upon you, in your daily walk with Him.