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Sometimes we find ourselves asking WHY and sometimes there is no clear answer.

We know that God has a plan for our life. We know He has good thoughts toward us. We know we are to walk by faith and not by sight. We know He will work all things for good for those who trust in Him. So why do we struggle so innately and intently with the WHYs of life.

Because we want to know how things are going to work out. Because we want to be more involved. Because we want to be more in control. Because we want to be ready with our plan, just in case. Because we want to what we want.

Paul, in his second Epistle to the Corinthians, spoke of a thorn in his flesh and that he had asked God three times to take it from him -only to be refused. Paul comes to believe that the thorn, a physical weakness or ailment, was his reminder to keep his pride in check and not be tempted to glorify himself above God because of the abundance of revelation given to him.  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9 –

And He [God] said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”…  2 Corinthians 12:9 AKJV

If Paul did not have the thorn and we did not have the WHY, we would be tempted to be more prideful than we are already.  We would perceive that we are delivered by our own strength and not by the strength of God.

When we recognize that apart from God we are capable of nothing our eyes can be taken off of ourselves and opened to see the power and glory of God.

Sometimes the thorn is removed and the WHY is answered, sometimes they are not. Like Paul, we must choose to learn how to glory in our infirmities, to accept that we may not ever know why, and to trust that all that we do know of God and His unfailingly Love for us is true.

By His strength we must walk in truth, giving glory to God, that the power of Christ may continue to rest upon us.



And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

See also: Hebrews 2:9-10