2 Corinthians 12:8-10

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10 Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We do not know what the thorn was to Paul, but we do know that it was a hindrance to his ministry. God told Paul no, He would not remove the thorn stating that, “My power works best in your weakness.” It kept Paul humble, reminded him of his need for constant contact with God, and benefited those around him as they saw God work in his life. When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride. When we are weak, allowing God to fill us with His power, then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own. We need to know that even the abilities we have are God given and we can do nothing apart from Him. Only His power will make us effective for Him and will help us do work that has lasting value. Only those things done by His direction and through His power will last. Our weakness is His strength, if we will honor God as the source of everything we are and the power behind everything we do.

Have a God Day!