How do you respond when God does not remove something hard from your life?

Have you prayed and prayed (Psalm 5:3) that God would remove this difficult thing and it is still there?

Today we are looking at some amazing verses in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

My favorite verses or my ‘life verses’ are found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10 but what I never noticed before were the two verses that come first.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 2 Corinthians 12:7-8

Isn’t it amazing how we can hear God speaking to us in a totally new way?

I have read over and over how Paul had a thorn in his flesh. I never noticed how the two sustaining verses in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 come right after he shared about his thorn.

We aren’t told what that thorn was. Paul’s ‘thorn’ was something hard in his life that God chose not to take away.

Paul responded by relying on God’s strength and seeing his own personal strength as being insufficient.

What is Your Thorn?

What have you prayed for over and over that you are still dealing with in your life?

  • Your health?
  • Your marriage?
  • Your children?
  • Your finances?
  • Your vehicle?
  • Something else?

Maybe it is a habit you can’t break.

Maybe it is something about your home or family that is hard to live with.

God Often Does Not Remove Your ‘Hard’

When God does not remove what is hard and impossible in your life, it is often because He wants you to respond by relying on Him.

Jesus wants to show Himself strong in your life. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

He wants to abide in you. (John 15:4)

He wants to give you His strength. (Psalm 46:1-3)

How To Respond by Relying on His Sufficient Grace

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

If God always took away the hardships of life, we would not see Jesus working in our situation.

We tend to want a life of ease but an easy life just isn’t reality.

Press into Jesus and rely on His grace.

Know He is sufficient for you.

It is when you are totally weak that you will experience His strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Then you are strong.

Only then.

Let me know how this week’s readings spoke to your heart. What is God doing in your life? What struggles are you dealing with so I can pray for you?