We are on Chapter 11 of Humility this week (pgs. 99-104). Andrew Murray shares the experience of the apostle Paul recorded in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 concerning his “thorn in the flesh.” This “thorn in the flesh” whatever it might have been, was given to Paul to protect him from becoming puffed up with pride, the antagonist of humility. On page 102 Murray writes to us:
“Let us trust Him who took charge of Paul to take charge of us, too. Paul needed special discipline and special instruction to learn what was more precious than even the unutterable things he had heard in heaven–what it is to glory in weakness and lowliness. We need it, too–oh, so much. He who cared for Paul will care for us, too. He watches over us with a jealous, loving care, lest we exalt ourselves. When we are exalting ourselves, He seeks to disclose to us the evil, and to deliver us from it. In trial and weakness and trouble, He seeks to bring us low until we learn that His grace is all.”
What a comfort it is to know that He who cared for Paul, our creator God, cares for us too. In fact, He cares for us with a jealous love! He knows that if we glory in ourselves or anything other than Him, and are puffed up with pride, we will forget Him who is the fountain or source of our lives (Psalm 36:9).
Is there something you are going through, or have dealt with for quite some time, that you consider a “thorn in the flesh?” Perhaps the Lord wants to minister to you, like he ministered to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Think about the holy, righteous jealously of our God this week: “… for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 34:14