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2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12 – Physical Ailment

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Corinthians 12:7-10

There has been much debate as to what Paul’s infirmities were.

Some say that it could have been his eyes. Because of the rudimentary technology in that day, it would have been extremely challenging to get around with poor vision. Other historians say that it could have been a physical deformity or a limp of some sort. Assuming one leg is shorter than the other, it would have been somewhat difficult to travel. I’ve even heard that it could have been his health; a dysfunctional liver or shortness of breath.

The speculation has gone on for almost 2000 years. One thing is certain– Paul gave this issue to the Lord and eventually he accepted this infirmity as if it were from the hand of God. In fact, he not only accepted, it but found pleasure in it.

Why do you think this was the case? The answer is simple because when he was weak, he found himself dependent on God. Thus, letting God become Paul’s strength. Through whatever physical ailment he possessed, he was able to discover incredible power.



Are you wrestling with a physical ailment? Perhaps it has limited your mobility or your physical prowess? Perhaps God has given this issue to you for a reason. Perhaps he is molding you and developing you for a particular work, and without it, you would never be prepared to fulfill your destiny. God is wise, and nothing happens in this world by accident. We’re all created for a reason and for a great purpose. May God give you the wisdom and the clarity of mind to find your purpose, for your destiny awaits you!