"And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12:7-10)
#874: The Christian life is often like a marathon. One of the aspects of running a marathon is hitting the wall - the rather sudden feeling of tiredness and lack of energy when your glycogen dips beneath a certain level. Believers can often hit a spiritual wall too in their personal marathon.
Paul had a weakness that he termed "a thorn in the flesh". It was something that hindered his walk to the point when he pleaded with the LORD Jesus Christ three times to have it taken away. He called it a "messenger of Satan" but the LORD dealt with it in a somewhat different manner than he expected in that it was used to demonstrate His boundless grace and the important truth that it is when we are weak, spent and cannot rely on our own strength than we can hand over the reigns of our own weaknesses and failings and, as the saying goes, "Let go and let God!"
We all have our thorns in the flesh, some more than others due to our life choices and/or our lot in life. When we are in our own seasons of buffeting, their is a strong temptation to give in or cease moving forward when we hit our own wall.
It is those moments when we press on despite those thorns and thistles. It is easy to take the foot off the pedal and excuse ourselves to indulge, especially when nobody else is about. It is also at those times when we develop integrity, do the right thing and die to self. So the next time you hit your proverbial wall, remember to let go and let God!
God bless you ... KJS ... 8th June 2020