Devotions for May 5, 2016

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2 Corinthians 12:5-10

That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. 6 If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, 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.

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.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: For what reason, according to Paul, was he given a thorn in the flesh? Is there an important, loving warning here to take note of?

Q: Does the Lord remove Paul’s thorn? Why not? What did it cause Paul to have to do in response?

Q: What do you think a Christ-like attitude is in the midst of a struggle like this? Is there anyone in your life who you can help live out the sufficiency of Christ’s grace in their “thorn”?

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