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. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
—2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
Paul has a God-given affliction, a ‘thorn in the flesh’, to prevent him from becoming conceited about the revelations he received from God. On three occasions, he unsuccessfully requested its removal, but was told by God that His grace was sufficient for him. Instead, he would experience God’s strength being perfected in his weakness. [The Bible Panorama.]