Several years ago, I suffered from excruciating sinus headaches. The feeling, as I described it then, was like a screwdriver drilling into my ear canals. During one bout of headaches, I remembered that there is a passage in the Bible about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” I searched for the passage to find out how the situation was resolved.
~~Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:8-9a)~~
To be honest, I was disappointed by this “resolution.” I didn’t want grace! I wanted the headaches to go away!! What I didn’t really understand at the time, but am learning more and more, is that God’s purposes in our suffering (in Paul’s case, to keep him from exalting himself) are often different from ours (usually, for the suffering to end). Not that we shouldn’t pray for that (Jesus did on the night before His crucifixion) or confront someone who has hurt us (see Matthew 18:15). If it’s a financial trial, it doesn’t necessarily mean we shouldn’t do anything to improve our situation. It’s just that God’s blessings are even richer than healed headaches and fixed finances. So rich, that it’s possible to have joy while we hope or wait for those things.
Has the Bible ever taught you something you didn’t want to know? 🙂