To keep Paul from becoming ‘exalted above measure’, a thorn in the flesh was given to him.  He pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave him, but God told him this:

 

And Paul responded with gladness.  He took pleasure in his infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions, distresses.  Why?  For Christ’s sake.  Because Paul knew that when he was weak, it was then that he would actually be strong.  It wouldn’t be his glory anymore, but rather God’s.

As we face difficulties, the joy of the Lord is our strength!  

Love, Wendy

Wendy Foulke

Author Wendy Foulke

Wendy is married to Dave and they have three sons and a daughter. The Foulke family has attended Christ the Word since moving to Toledo in 2007. Wendy serves as director of Women of the Word ministries and blogs at reflect-i.com. She enjoys reading and traveling. Her favorite places to visit are the UK and Montana, and she one day hopes to visit Iceland!

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