The Safest Place
2 Corinthians 12: 7 - 10
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 [a]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.
God always wants us to stay close to Him - that is truly the safest place. Paul is a good example of this. He was used by God in amazing ways and was allowed to see unimaginable things because of his faithfulness to God.
Yet, God was more concerned about Paul’s temptation for pride, so God allowed Paul to experience a “thorn in the flesh.” Paul asked to be delivered from this “messenger of Satan” but the Lord simply replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Oh, that we learn to trust the Lord more!