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Session 20

Vote for God

Read: 2 Corinthians 12:1-21

If Lord of the Earth were a democracy, and we got to vote which God would be in power over the world every four years, I wonder how many of us would actually choose the God of the Bible. When looking for a God, we would hope that He would be powerful, beautiful, intelligent, and of course, successful. Chances are we would not vote for the poor baby, born in a stable, who eventually dies on a cross, even if He did eventually rise from the dead and return to the earth to rule and reign one day. At least we may not have voted for Him before we knew His personal power in our lives.

The Apostle Paul understood this dilemma. He understood the human drive for success and the need that “his God be the best.” He thought that being free of problems would be a good indicator of this spiritual success.

But God had a different plan. He writes about physical difficulty he was having that led him to understand something new about the nature of God, “that in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me. He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

God is not an American, and we do not get to vote Him into power. He is interested in us succeeding, but His value system is different than ours. Rather than freeing us from all problems, God allows those problems to stay in our lives in order to humble us and teach us.


  • What is one thing you can consider a thorn in your flesh?
  • How can accepting this problem (could be physical, financial, or family), rather than fighting the problem, change your view of God’s plan in your life?

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