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?
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?
7 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.2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 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.
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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