Complicated health

2 Co. 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul cures a lame man at Lystra.

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Paul is not a supernatural being, but like us he is also experiencing some infirmities (Php.4:4; 2Co.11:29-30). He called it a ‘Thorn in the Flesh’ (2 Co.12:5-10) and it could have been a visual problem (Gal.4:13-15). Among the reason why he is inflicted with illness is not because it is a curse, as some might link it to Old Testament curse, or he is being punished. Remember that it is part of God’s calling for a believer (Php.1:29) as it is to Paul (Acts 9:16).It was allowed by God for the following reasons for him and for us also;


1. So that he will not be led with pride due to the abundance of revelations that was given him (2 Co.12:7).

2.Another thing is that we may see that fellow believers cares when one is suffering (2 Co.11:28; 1 Co.12:26) and are means to supply for others (1 Co.16:15-17).

3.That through it we can learn convenience and pleasure despite the pains (2 Co.12:10).

4.So that he can stop from doing his own craft to accomplish the job that God has for him(1 Co.9:6; Acts 20:24) without being distracted by his earthly job (1 Co.7:35).

5.In order for us not to be so concerned with this flesh which is perishing (2 Co.4:16) but to learn to be willing to die for His sake (Php.1:21) not regarding our life (Acts 20:24).

6.As members of the body, we are fellow to each other and can be a fellow workers to truth.So the task is not His alone but it was passed on, or committed to faithful man.

7.He was used by God for healing others (Acts 14;9-10; 28:8-9), now he is in their shoes. An experience is something


This is so complicated because the Lord did not promised him healing, but that His grace is sufficient. And if we’re going to examine it in his pre-prison epistles, he is just more than a young man that time.But in his prison epistles, like what was told us in Philemon, he is called Paul the aged. What we can see is that even if God did not promised him healing , when he did not stopped serving God, he was able to continue and even reached his old age. God’s promise of grace to continue has been proven. We may have a complicated health situation but with God nothing is too complicated because His grace is sufficient.

Php. 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


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