Satan’s Role: 2
‘A messenger of Satan, to torment me.’ 2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV
When Satan attacks, you should dive deeper into God. That’s what Paul of Tarsus did. Think of his CV: a personal audience with Jesus after the resurrection, a participant in heavenly visions, an apostle chosen by God, an author of the Bible. He healed the sick, travelled the world and penned some of history’s greatest documents. Few could rival his achievements. And maybe he knew it. But God loved Paul too much to allow pride to destroy him.
‘To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.’ We aren’t told the nature of the thorn, but we’re told its purpose—to keep Paul humble. We are also told its origin—a messenger of Satan. The messenger could have been a pain, a problem, or a person who was a pain and a problem. We don’t know.
But we do know that the messenger was under God’s control. Check out what Paul says next: ‘Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians 12:8–10 NIV) Here’s a truth that can transform every test into a potential triumph: Satan and his forces are simply a tool so that Christ’s power may rest on you.
SoulFood: Mt 21:1–16, Ps 118:19–29
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