2 Corinthians 12:8
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Paul, author of 13 books of the New Testament, wrote about a thorn in his flesh from 2 Corinthians 12. When he wrote this, It was 23 years after the Damascus road and he was on his third missionary journey. He has a few more battle wounds of life perhaps, and is older and embracing a mysterious paradox, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (vs10) Paul’s thorn is a mystery, and he does not write what it was exactly, and this is important. Some have speculated it was his eyesight or other physical ailment. Perhaps it was other earthly passions that we all men battle: wine, women, or wealth (or some deviation thereof). Was it a thorn Paul brought upon himself? Was it a thorn that “life” brought upon him? Maybe a combination of the two? If we did know exactly what this “thorn” was, we would sure slip into discouragement if we had a “thorn” he did not have. Indeed, this is a key reminder of the inspiration of Scripture by the Holy Spirit. A timeless truth for all ages, struggles/situations that rises above the pages we read and can birth in our souls faith and hope (or rebirth), even in the lowest valleys of life.
That “power” Jesus speaks to Paul in verse 9 is the Greek word “dunamis”. It is one of four Greek words for ‘power’ in the New Testament. Dunamis is where we derive our English word dynamite from. However, God’s power is not a public spectacle like an explosion or bolt of lightning. [Remember God’s dialogue with Elijah? (1 Kings 19) God’s presence was not in the earthquake, fire, or wind but in the whisper.]
I suggest 3 easy reminders that I practice daily. The H.O.W. of transformation!
H = Honesty of the ‘thorn’
O= Open Mindedness (to that Dunamis Power)
W = Willingness (for surrender and change)