22, September 2017

Text size: A- A+

Understanding Satan’s Role (2)

‘A messenger of Satan, to torment me.’
 2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV

Satan’s attack can drive you closer to God. That was true in Paul’s life. Think of Paul’s CV: a personal audience with the resurrected Christ, a participant in heavenly visions, an apostle chosen by God, an author of the Bible. He healed the sick, travelled the world, and penned some of history’s greatest documents. Few could rival his achievements. And maybe he knew it. But God loved Paul too much to allow pride to destroy him.

‘To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.’ We aren’t told the nature of the thorn, but we’re told its purpose—to keep Paul humble. We are also told its origin—a messenger of Satan. The messenger could have been a pain, a problem, or a person who was a pain. We don’t know. But we do know that the messenger was under God’s control. Note what Paul says next: ‘Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ 
(2 Corinthians 12:8–10 NIV) Here’s a truth that can transform every test into a potential triumph: Satan and his forces are simply a tool in the hand of God to strengthen you.

Soul Food: Zech 9–11, Mark 14:27–42, Ps 52, Prov 24:32–34

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

22, September 2017

While you’re here…

… we've got a favour to ask!

For 365 days of the year we're able to provide these great devotions, thanks to a very small portion of readers that donate to the costs.

Today we’re asking for your help. Your gift, large or small, will make a big difference in many lives—and, in addition, it’s tax-deductible (in Australia) as well.

Give now


CALENDAR
Select specific day

SMTWTFS
« AugOct »

SIGNUP
Email or print

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.