Psalm 103:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Jesus is the way
It was soon time for Jesus to leave the earth. He knew he had to be careful how he breaks the news to his disciples. After all, the men had been with him for three years. Some have even walked away from their family and their livelihood. And Jesus had been their provider for the entire time. How could he leave them now? He had to have a good explanation, and he had to use tact.
So, after telling his disciples about his father’s mansion and that there was room for everybody, Jesus said, “You know the way to where I am going,” (John 14:4).
Then, a puzzled Thomas said to him:
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:5-6 (NIV) Bible Gateway
Pain and suffering are unavoidable obstacles Christians have to navigate through, as we attempt to walk the path of Jesus Christ. But you can rest assured that you are not alone in your experience. The One with the nail-scarred hands is always near. If you allowed Him, He would comfort you and teach you in your difficulty.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any problem with the support we receive from God.”(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).2 Corinthians 1:3-4. NIV
Everybody has at least one nagging thorn that keeps digging into your flesh. And you are longing to have it go away. But every time you petitioned your heavenly Father to remove it, your prayer seems to go unanswered.
Still yet, the thorn you carry around may be there to help remind you of who you are now and who you were before you met Christ.
Paul, the beloved and great apostle had a thorn that lingered throughout his Christian life. Here is what he wrote in his second Epistle to the Corinthians 12:7-9.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”