MIHI Manna for Today
Living with our thorn
2Co:12:7: 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.
I’ve read that Diamonds are not just created but are formed when crystals of pure carbon are pressed together under extreme pressures and intense heat. In other words until they are submitted to the pressure and heat they are still diamonds in the rough. We are I would say diamonds in the rough but as God begins to shape our lives through our thorn we are then made into the creature he wants us to be. Through our thorn we than are pressed, molded and shaped to be no longer diamonds in the rough but to become pure diamonds. I believe that everyone us has something in their lives that can be considered a thorn. It could be financially based, persecutions, hunger, poverty or imprisonment but regardless of what our thorn could be we should learn as Paul that “God’s grace is sufficient for our strength for it is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore as we allow the thorn to be used as a source for God to perfect us our pride will not get in the way of his shaping us. Let God shape, press and mold you through your thorn and I declare that in the end you will become that beautiful diamond that others can see.