Apples of Gold - July 30 |

Hunt, Dave

We may not understand the “why” of our troubles, but we know from the Scriptures that there is a reason. Second Corinthians 12 very plainly states that God allowed Satan to buffet Paul, and Paul specifically asked God three times to remove his affliction, with God’s reply that “my grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Corinthians:12:9). Regardless of what we think or what our tradition may teach us, this was God saying no to Paul and explaining that the affliction had a specific purpose and was a necessary protection for him (2 Corinthians:12:7).

"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure."

2 Corinthians:12:7