For A Reason
Weakness. Limitation. Infirmity. These are no one's favorite words! We constantly pray against these and would exchange them for strength, increase and good health anytime. Let me say, not all weaknesses or lack are bad though. Case in point, the Apostle Paul.
Paul recognized that the thorn in his flesh, which he also called a messenger of Satan was given to him to ensure he did not become too conceited as he became more powerful and his ministry grew! Like Paul, such limitations force us to look to the omnipotent God for answers and for help!
The Apostle could have scratched his head for months or years and resorted to self-help strategies, etc., to deal with the thorn. Instead he looked to his maker for help.
In Isaiah 22, the prophet prophesied about impending disaster upon Jerusalem. In setting out the reasons why God was not happy with the king, the writer painted a picture of a king who faced some challenges and failed to turn to God for help.
Jerusalem's only water supply was outside the city and this left the city in a vulnerable state as an enemy could easily cut off the water supply leaving the city at the mercy of that enemy. It was a huge weaknesses for the otherwise fortified city. This is how the king tried to solve the situation.
"You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago." Isaiah 22:11.
Like Paul's thorn, God planned the city that way. Unlike Paul, king Hezekiah sought to deal with this thorn his way by digging a tunnel from the city to the water supply.
Not all thorns must be removed. Some thorns should draw us closer to God. Some thorns can only to removed by God. He may choose to keep it there but give you grace to handle it. Always go to Him first and confess your weaknesses, difficulties, fears etc., ask Him what He wants to teach you from the situation and ask Him to take it away. He may not always take it away and if He does not, He will hold your hand as you power through it! In your weakness He is strong!
Love, Lady Monica