Thorns of Weakness
“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you'” (Judges 2.3 NKJV).
The Nation of Israel are in their Promise Land, but God has allowed people of other nations (thorns) to live among them. God uses these thorns to test His people, but He also uses the thorns to keep them from becoming proud. It is interesting that during the book of Judges, whenever God blesses His people with peace and prosperity, they forsake Him; but when their weaknesses hinder their lives, they seek Him. God allows us to have our own thorns to expose our limitations, but they should not cause us to claim defeat; rather, they should keep us in constant communication with Jesus when we realize we can’t make it in our Promise Land without Him. They break our corrupted sin nature, permitting God’s holy nature to shine through our lives. Once we identify our thorns and give them to God’s care, He will pour out His strength in our weaknesses, and His love for us will be evident to the world. We will give God all the glory because we know that we couldn’t have accomplished our goals without an intimate relationship with our Creator.
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it [thorn] away.Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” (2 Corinthians 12.8-9 NLT).