Daily Devotion Thursday, June 13

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Psalm 26; Solomon 1:1-3, 9-11, 15-16a; 2:2-3a; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and Luke 19:28-40

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 – Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

This passage reminds me of the hymn; Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.


Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.


When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.


Here’s a video that contains “Precious Lord Take My Hand and Just a Closer Walk With Thee”


No one is really sure what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh was”. We’re not even sure if it was physical or spiritual. What we can be sure of is that it was a weakness, a wound, that he asked to be delivered of but it remained with him.

I believe we all have a, or some, “thorns in the flesh.” They keep us humble and hopefully cause us to turn unto Christ and truly trust in him.

When I was young, junior high and high school, I had a big wart on my left knee (you can still see the scar from where it was removed, and a wart on one of my fingers; both very prominent especially in gym class. I wasn’t very athletic, so I didn’t like gym but this even made it worse. I’m glad they were removed, burned off, and healed over.

Our weaknesses cause us to truly trust in Christ, seeking his healing touch, seeking his guiding hand, seeking his comfort.

What do you see as your “thorn in your flesh” or heart, or spirit? What is it? How can you turn it over to Christ and trust fully in him.

It’s easy to focus upon our weaknesses and forget about our strengths. Ken Callahan, a Methodist pastor, encouraged me and other participants in his workshops to strive to strengthen two strengths as we worked on building a weakness into a strength.

So maybe today what we need to do is not just look at our weaknesses but at our strength, asking God to use both to glorify Him.

O God, I am weak but Thou art strong. Help me cope with my thorns in the flesh and help me see the strengths you have given me. May you use both to your glory and in the building up of your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

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