Summary: THIS THORN HAS A PURPOSE. The real revelation of suffering. God has a plan and a purpose. Suffering can reveal the heart OF MAN, not just the heart of God. Suffering can be a door to Presence of God. Suffering can be fertilizer for love.

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By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.



2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but

in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I

will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that

which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

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.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made

perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,

that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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.

Life has many Big Questions -- with few answers --

Have you ever notice, few real questions, ever get real answers?

We probably don’t know more than we do know.

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I

return thither: The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name

of the Lord. 22: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.


Dad called, Mom was dying. I drove our Oldsmobile to Frankfort,

I looked heavenward through the sky roof ... and I quietly prayed:

God all I ask is that My Mom does not have to suffer....

In my stillness the Holy Spirit asked me:

Is that fair? God never exempted His Only Son from suffering, yet you want all you

know to be exempt from suffering.


Job’s name is associated with suffering.

Job disapproves and strongly objects to his having to suffer...

Two kinds of suffering in the Human eye?

Bad Boy Reward Suffering - JUSTICE

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not

kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now

would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after

his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people,

because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house;

because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be

thy wife. 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine

own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy

neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it

secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

You've done wrong, you deserve what you get.

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