Galatians 4:13–20 (ESV)
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What then has become of
your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that
you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present
with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
This passage today may show a glimpse into Paul’s ailment. Scripture states: “15 What then has become of your blessedness?
For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.” This may be an hint that Paul had eye problems. This is further supported by Galatians 4:11 “11 See with what large letters I am writing
to you with my own hand.” Could he be writing in large letters because of poor eye sight? We will never know for sure, but I think we are getting hints at Paul’s ailments and possibly... his thorn. Whatever ailed Paul, whatever
was his thorn,... Paul loved you and he loved the Lord. He wants us to be reconciled to Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, I know there are times we are sidelined by ailments, but help us to proclaim Jesus
Christ even while we battle our ailments. Help us to stand firm in our faith of Jesus Christ in all situations. Amen.