2 Corinthians 12
1 This boasting will do no good, but I must go on.
I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord.
2 I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago.
Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don't know—only God knows.
3 Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body.
But I do know 4 that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.
5 That experience is worth boasting about, but I'm not going to do it.
I will boast only about my weaknesses.
6 If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth.
But I won't do it, because I don't want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message,
7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God.
So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh,
a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
9 Each time he said,
"My grace is all you need.
My power works best in weakness."
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ can work through me.
10 That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses,
and in the insults,
and troubles that I suffer for Christ.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
A peculiar passage – Paul talks about some pretty extraordinary things that happens to him in the Lord, but says he won't boast about them.
Sometimes Paul is downright odd.
Then he talks about tis “thorn in his flesh”...
There's much speculation as to what it was.
It doesn't matter to me what it was.
The important thing is what God said to Paul in this thorny situation.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
iow, God will sustain Paul, or us, in whatever comes.
And when we are weak,
or whatever areas of our lives are weak,
God is able to work there unencumbered,
filling in the weakness with His strength & power.
Think about THAT today, & how our lives would be profoundly different if we truly believed that.