Here's the deal, we all have thorns. Some of us have a lot of them. Even roses have thorns. In II Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul talks about his thorn. He calls it his weakness. He was tormented by it and pleaded with God over and over to remove it.
Is there a thorn in your life that you have asked God to remove? Do you have a weakness that you think you would be better off without?
"My God, I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensated for my cross, but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory. Teach me the value of my thorn." -G. Matheson
George Matheson was a Scottish minister and hymn writer born in 1842. He was blind from his youth, so he knew about thrones. Many speculate that Paul's thorn was his eyes as well.
Rev. Matheson says, "Teach me the value of my thorn." Matheson wants to value his thorn. Paul wants to delight in his. Neither of these, value or delight, are words we would associate with a thorn or weakness. But both Paul and Matheson confirm that thorns and weaknesses can be, and should be, valued and delighted in. Thorns and weaknesses add value to our story. But be thankful for them? That's tough!
Thorns and weaknesses add value to our story.
We may be quick to thank God for the beautiful things. We thank Him for the roses, the chocolate cake, the life that makes sense to us. But what about the things that are not so beautiful and don't make much sense? What about the thorns and the weaknesses?
Have you ever considered how many thorns one rose has? Many thorns. One rose—many thorns. Like the many ingredients of a chocolate cake that we wouldn't eat alone, when combined and baked, they make a beautiful cake.
Our thorns, though they may be many, when combined with God's plan, His timing and grace, can be a beautiful thing. And this beautiful thing can be used for our good and His glory.
Matheson wants to value his thorn. Paul wants to delight in his. Can you be thankful for yours today? Thankful for your thorns? Thankful for your weaknesses? Are you allowing them to be an avenue of God's grace in your life? Can you say like Paul, "I am content with weakness, for when I am weak, then I am strong."?
"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses... For when I am weak, then I am strong." II Corinthians 12:10
What thorns are you thanking Him for today, and how will you allow Him to use them in your life?
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