chronic pain

God! Please Take My Chronic Pain Away!

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God R.C. Sproul Jr. SESSION 6 Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

Chronic Pain

Lord! Please! Why?!

In the video today R.C. Sproul talks about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. I find it interesting R.C. thinks Paul has chronic kidney stones. I have heard many theorize exactly what Paul’s thorn in his flesh is. Thing is Bible does not tell us exactly what the thorn is. But as we think about thorns we think of pain, and how often Paul asks for relief and God’s answer it sounds like some sort of chronic pain. So, if God is in control of everything, even our suffering then why does He allow such pain?

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word cloud describing chronic pain

This brings out all the various disabilities there are. Mental, emotional, and physical. It can be such a struggle to cope with life when disabled. I for myself have a brain injury and terrible knees. Until I have my surgeries I cannot do much. My thinking and functioning daily can be a terrible struggle and I have to use things to help me. Why does the Lord just not heal people who have trouble living through each day?

Well, if anyone remembers our ultimate goal as Christians is to be like Jesus. I know that is a high bar to reach and we could never do it apart from Him. But, just think about it, how much did Jesus suffer while He was on earth? Even before the cross? Still, He was a humble servant to those hurting. Even when He accomplished something and people praised Him for it. Still He stayed humble.

What about us? When people praise us for something that we did. What happens to our ego’s? Do we remember God? I know for me I am continually trying to remember God and not think that it was all my doing. But, let’s look at God’s answer to our pride?

even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

God uses our suffering to help us remember who He is and who exactly we are. I believe our chronic pain is so that we remember we can only survive with God’s help. He will give us the strength, hope, peace as we endure our conditions with Jesus’ help.

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Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh – Study Resources
Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh ‘It…was to keep Paul from conceit on account of his visions and revelations which otherwise may have given him a reason to boast.’

What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh?
No one can say for sure what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, but it was a source of … personally by Him (Acts 9:2-8) would, in his natural state, become “puffed up.

Paul’s Thorn In The Flesh – Andrew Wommack Ministries
Andrew Wommack Ministries’ teaching article on Paul’s Thorn In The Flesh. … God magnified, or exalted, Joshua in the sight of his people (Josh. 3:7).

2 Corinthians 12 NET – Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh – It is – Bible Gateway
Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh – It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I.

Why You Have That Thorn | Desiring God
Apr 13, 2018 Thorns in the flesh are weakening, humbling, and often embarrassing. And they are … Paul’s thorn could have been a physical affliction. This is …

What Was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh? | Rick Renner Ministries
Nov 9, 2016 Did it come from God, as some assert, or was this thorn personally sent from Satan to impede Paul from making an even greater impact with his …

Rethinking Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh – Beyond Evangelical | The …
Apr 24, 2012 What’s telling here is that Paul’s entire discussion in Chapter 11 (just before he mentions the thorn in the flesh) is about his “weaknesses.

What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? | CARM.org
No one knows for sure what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was. … if it were an issue with his eyesight, that could be considered a thorn in the flesh that was not painful.

What was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh? | Truth Or Tradition?
Paul’sthorn in the flesh” has been just that for many Christian theologians and … why would Paul have asked the Lord Jesus to take this “thorn” out of his life?

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh
Twice in verse 7 he emphasized that God allowed his thorn in the flesh to keep him from exalting himself. Though he was the noblest Christian of all, Paul was …

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