Every Revelation Has its Thorn?
Daily Devotional for November 15th
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
It is a wonderful experience when God does anything in our lives. When the Lord touches you or when we feel His intense presence in precious fellowship with Him, it causes us to feel as though we are His only child. Even when the Holy Spirit reveals a certain truth to us in His word, we become so overwhelmed with thankfulness that there can be no room for doubting His love. This relationship with Him is truly real and individual to each of us.
There is however a natural slant within our heart that can hinder us. Every time we are given something from God that no one else has or experience something few people have, pride or arrogance seems to creep in. In Luke 9, the twelve disciples had been given power and authority to cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead. Immediately following this, James and John had to be rebuked for wanting to call down fire from heaven to consume the Samaritans for not accepting Jesus. In Luke 10 after the seventy were appointed in the same fashion as the twelve, they immediately came back rejoicing in the wrong thing. They should have been rejoicing in the relationship with Christ and having their names written in heaven, but rather they rejoiced in the power. Many people today are power hungry. For this reason, most people cannot be entrusted with the true riches of the kingdom.
Not once but twice Paul declares the phrase lest I should be exalted above measure. Is a thorn required for all deeper truths revealed? A thorn is not required unless arrogance follows. Does the Lord need to humble you every time He gives you new revelation and understanding in His word? Are you prone to feel exalted each time you receive deeper and greater truths? A thorn in the flesh is not required for every vision and revelation, but if pride swells in you, a thorn will come. Paul knew he would come to visions and revelations because God was using him to equip the church. You are the same! If you are a teacher or in ministry leadership, the Lord will give you revelation and knowledge of His word so that you can give it to those in your care.
The Lord desires greater truths to equip His people. However, with that truth can come pride. Revelation received with humility is the ultimate goal. Could it be that when Jesus told His disciples I have many things to say unto you but ye cannot bear them now, is it possible that humility was not present? We do understand that truth is given to us line upon line; precept upon precept also. Is it possible that the truths He wanted to give them were unbearable to their pride? The Lord so desires to give us all greater truth and He will withhold no good thing, but we must understand that it has to be received with humility. Don’t allow pride to follow God’s greater truths. Let us examine ourselves to see if there could be arrogance that may be keeping us from receiving deeper truths of God’s word.