Do you wonder how God uses suffering to bless us?
Do you have a thorn in the flesh?
What is this perpetual struggle, weakness, wound, or chronic disease for which there is no healing?
Whatever is, as a follower of Christ, I am sure you have a thorn in the flesh, a source of constant pressure and pain. You want to be freed from this, but it seems God’s answer is “No”.
A Thorn in the Flesh – God’s Answer
Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
This was God’s answer to Apostle Paul when he prayed for deliverance. But it was not just a plain “No”. God also gave Paul a hint of His purpose for allowing this thorn in his life.
Why? Why does God give us thorns in the flesh and why He allows so much suffering in our lives?
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8 Ways God Uses Suffering to Bless Us and Shape Us
Struggles, suffering, and pain will be part of our earthly lives.
But God never wastes the pain. He uses it as a primary instrument to shape and mature His followers and turn them into His faithful servants.
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#1 Suffering Helps Us Experience God’s Sustaining Grace
“So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10 HCSB
At salvation, we get to know God’s saving grace. But we need His sustaining grace, too.
This is His ability to carry us through every difficulty and to help us endure anything. When we cling to Him, we learn not only to survive but to overcome and thrive.
Living with a thorn in the flesh is the perfect setup to learn endurance through God’s daily provision and grace.
Because of Christ’s power and Spirit living in us, we can have His strength in our weaknesses.
Do you want to know the other 6 ways God uses suffering to bless us? Visit Living by Design Ministries to read the rest and be strengthened and encouraged.
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More Encouragement for You
If you need more resources, encouragement, and comfort when you go through painful experiences, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
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