Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
In the twelfth chapter of 2 Corinthians, we find Paul broadly describing a unique affliction God had brought upon him. Paul referred to it as a thorn in the flesh, and despite his constant prayers for its removal, God opted not to do this. As a result, the so-called thorn kept Paul humble and was a constant reminder of his need for perennial contact with God. Indeed, God’s grace and power were displayed here. His decision to allow Paul’s thorn, or affliction, to remain gave Paul strength and courage to continue his work. He pressed on because he knew he must rely on God for effectiveness and strength, rather than on personal energy, effort, or talent. Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character, but it also deepens our worship, because in admitting our weakness, we affirm God’s strength. Here’s something else to think about: God does not intend for us to seek to be weak, passive or ineffective. Life batters us enough with its own hindrances and setback, so when unexpected hindrances to come, we must depend on God. Only His power and grace will make us truly effective, service-oriented, humble Christians. Just remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians when he said, “And Christ said to me, ‘My Grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.'”
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 which says (NRSV):
7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
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