|2 Corinthians 12:10|
The Thorn in the Flesh
7 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. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 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. 10 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.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV
Oh how easy it is when one is going through some difficulty to think; "I must solve this with my own strength." I know that I do this, even if I pray, I become tempted to just rush through the prayer and get on doing what I feel as I should do on my own. Even churches and various ministries will often times trust in self rather than God. For example, a church might get focused on growth and want to figure out ways to fill the building. Then political correctness sets in and the Gospel goes out the window. The problem is that Jesus is not in this. He is the one with all the power, and authority. He knows what is right. Why in the world would we want to solve a problem we face or perform some sort of ministry work without Him? It really makes no since to do that, now does it?