GOD TEACHES GRACE THROUGH SUFFERING

KNOWING GOD

This was the portion we read for today in family prayer. It was from our devotional reading – messages from a great man of God. He was talking about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. Paul had been given many great visions and revelations, but he did not learn grace from them. Paul had great knowledge of the Scriptures, but he did not learn grace from his ‘Bible knowledge’. How do we learn grace? Through the thorn in the flesh – through enduring pain and suffering. We learn grace experimentally.

In the beginning Paul did not understand why he was going through this terrible suffering of the thorn in the flesh. It must have been a severe physical trouble; we do not know what it was; and God has chosen to keep it a secret. There is no point in speculating as to what the thorn in the flesh was. Paul…

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