“Three times I pleased with the Lord to take it away from me. But 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.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
Being a sufferer of chronic illness I began to ponder the words God spoke to Paul when he pleaded that the thorn in the flesh be taken from him.
I decided to take the verse apart. I pulled out my 10-pound Strong’s Concordance and listed the words, Grace, Power, Perfect, and Weakness and looked them up individually to see what each meant in Greek. After I wrote out all the definitions and put it together I was totally transformed by what our loving Father was actually expressing to Paul.
Here is what I believe He is saying:
“My divine influence on your heart and its reflection in your life, including gratitude and joy are raising a barrier around you. For my miraculous power, my mighty wonderful work is consecrated or set apart as holy in your disease, sickness, infirmity, weakness and frailty.”
And it gets better, if we read on to Paul’s response we see him saying he will boast all the more gladly about his disease, sickness, infirmity, weakness and frailty so that Christ’s miraculous power and mighty wonderful work which is consecrated or set apart as holy may tent (this is exactly what the word rest means in this verse) on him.
This speaks of the Lord enclosing us under His tent, creating a barrier from the outside a holy resting place as it were so that we might enter into an intimacy with Him that we will find no where else.
I hope this blesses all who read it and brings about a greater revelation of His word. I have decided that my disease, sickness and infirmity, will now become a place of tented holy intimacy with my God.
About the Author:
Catherine Barron lives in Sheridan, Montana. She is semi-retired and loves to read, write and her latest hobby outdoor photography although her first love will always be the word of God. She considers her fibromyalgia a formidable unrelenting teacher.