Having faith in God and putting your trust in Him involves trusting Him for your salvation and through your sanctification. Your sanctification is for His glory and for your good through times and situations you do not understand. More times than not there will be tough times; occasions when the proverbial thorn remains in your side and He will not take it away. In such times where do you draw your strength from? Our trust should always be in The Sovereign God knowing that what God ordains is always good for me for His glory. In the words of Nancy Guthrie…
Some claim that strong faith is defined by throwing our energies into begging God for a miracle that will take away our suffering and then believing without doubting that he will do it. But faith is not measured by our ability to manipulate God to get what we want, it is measured by our willingness to submit to what he wants. It takes great faith to say to God, ” Even if you don’t heal me or the one I love, even if you don’t change my circumstances, even if you don’t restore my relationship, even if you allow me to lose what is most precious to me, I will still love you and obey you and believe that you are good. – Nancy Guthrie (Hearing Jesus Speak Into your Sorrow)
This really touched me because I have more than one thorn and so far God has refused to remove them from my life. I am disabled due to severe chronic pain in my spine from the base of my head to my tailbone, and my knees. This pain has made me much more humble than I ever was before the pain began. I will say that I pretty much wallowed in self pity before I got off my behind and sought help first from God and then from the physicians God placed in my life. I have come to love God much more than I ever did before because He has never forsaken me and I know His son and the Holy Spirit is with me daily. By sending me the physicians He allows my pain to be dulled but it never leaves completely. They are my thorns and and they remind me of God’s love, they remind me He is ever present in my life, and that he extends His compassion by allowing my pain to be lessened. God Bless!
Oh thanks for passing by.
You are welcome!
Bless You jsneese woman of God.
Through faith is praising God in the stormy days
Part of taking up the cross is bearing your portion of the anointing but also the burden.
Paul prayed to Jehovah 3 times to remove a satanic thorn and God told him “My Grace is sufficient”
Great quote. Thanks for posting it. I want to look into that book.