Paul’s response to the Lord refusing his request to have his painful”thorn’ removed, but instead His promise to infuse His grace to him and his response is as follows…

A. – CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST- ” And He said to me, “MY grace is sufficient for you. for {MY} power is perfected in weakness” -V9

B. – CELEBRATION BECAUSE OF CHRIST–  “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather BOAST about my weakness, SO THAT the power of Christ may dwell in me .” – V9

C. – CONTENTMENT WITH CHRIST– ” Therefore I am WELL CONTENT with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE; for when I am weak then I am strong.” – v 10. The word, “Content” comes from two words meaning “TO THINK” and “GOOD.” It has to do with an understanding mind. God had given Paul several reasons Why and What He was doing through the Thorn and His Provision of Himself and sufficient grace, His power for his weakness. Paul, in the midst of a painful thorn and difficulties chose to THINK of the GOOD that GOD was PRODUCING through the means of the thorn and difficulties and so he continually did so, as the word grammatically is present tense. Content speaks of “pleasure” His pleasure was in his understanding of the LORD and his understanding he KNEW what God was Producing! It did not remove the pain but he knew it had purpose!

D. – CHRIST HIMSELF– his Motivation!- He was the reason amidst great pain, conflict, hurt that he could go through it all, insults, distresses, persecutions, difficulties,be CONFIDENT, CELEBRATE AND CONTENTMENT because of His understanding given to him by Christ. He was content WITH CHRIST. Paul’s Motivation was to keep before him was …- “FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!” Jesus Christ the reason to go through what he went through!

As the psalmist said, “I have set the LORD before me , because He is at my right hand I shall not be shaken.”{Psalm 16:8}. To look to Christ, do all for Christ and interpose Christ between you and what you go through is safety for your heart! Some erroneously believe that to come to Christ you will be kept from hurt, pain, but this is not the testimony of the Scriptures or as we see Paul’s life.

In suffering hardship, Christ is the difference. To focus on Him. He through you, will magnify Himself to others and you can be content with Him!

 

{From The Message-  Paul’s Thorn – Understanding What God Is Producing Through The Thorn ” –  also in “No Unanswered Prayers }