2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Sometimes I question why [my husband] has been afflicted with so much. The verse below was in my devo this morning. It is still hard for me to accept and understand this. Someone wiser than me might be able to explain it. I know that God wants what is good for us rather than harmful and yet I understand that hardships are a part of life. — I would value your commentary on this scripture as well as any other friends who have some insight to share.
Spinal and shoulder issues, stroke, diabetic neuropathy
Grace – Power – Weakness // Weakness – Power – Grace
A. 7 thorn in the flesh
1. messenger of Satan to torment me
2. Ga 4:15 Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
B. Satan says we only serve God b/c we have it good
1. Job 1:10 “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
C. 8 implored the Lord three times
1. Mt 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
2. Php 4:6–7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
D. Ac 9:16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
1. 2 Co 6:4–5 endurance, afflictions, hardships
2. 2 Co 11:23–28 labors, imprisonments, beaten
A. Grace is sufficient – continual availability
1. God decides – grace provides at God’s direction, not ours
2. God said “I have given you enough”
3. Learn to recognize complete dependence
4. Learn to rely on his grace
B. How much is enough?
1. 7 because surpassing greatness of revelations
a. to keep me from exalting myself
2. this also is grace – God providing for
3. Heb 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
C. 2 Co 4:15–5:8
1. 17 momentary light affliction
2. 18 look not at the things which are seen
3. 2 longing to be clothed w/ dwelling from heaven
4. 7 walk by faith not by sight
A. 9 dwell in me – fix a tent or habitation upon
B. His power seen clearly in contrast to our weaknesses
1. Joseph in dungeon – Daniel in lion’s den
2. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego in fiery furnace
3. Jesus on cross
C. More important? Your comfort or God’s glory?
1. You truly endangered – or is it only temporary?
2. Look at greatness of Paul’s work
a. Was it Paul or God?
b. His weakness makes that more clear
c. Not God preserving credit, revealing reality
3. Prevents our confusing our greatness w/ God’s
D. Php 4:11–13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.