In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul says, “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.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
It was not, God uses conditions to bring us to realize that we are nothing without God, Amen.
Weakness or lack, need/want: denoting sin, sorrow and hardship, the thorn is one of the most ancient symbols in the world; together with the ROSE, it represents pain and pleasure, and the thorn is an emblem of Christ’s passion, as with the crown of thorns.
Daniel – Thrown into the lions den.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego thrown in the furnace.
Job – The Hand of God was lifted. Job was buffeted, he was not allowed to be killed. Children – lost, Wife – lost, friends – asked him to give up.
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give up all he owns in exchange for his life. Job 2:5
We could spend hours on this one! However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who Love The Essence of Creation.
After Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus sent eleven of them (minus Judas Iscariot, who by then had committed suicide by hanging) by the Great Commission to spread His teachings to all nations. This event has been called the Dispersion of the Apostles. … The period of early Christianity during the lifetimes of the apostles is called the Apostolic Age.
We can and should study: Saint James, also called James, son of Zebedee, or James the Greater, (born, Galilee, Palestine—died 44 ce, Jerusalem; feast day July 25), one of the Twelve Apostles, distinguished as being in Jesus’ innermost circle and the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:2).
According to tradition, St. Peter was crucifiedupside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ.
According to Tertullian: John was banished (presumably to Patmos) after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering nothing from it. It is said that all in the audience of Colosseum were converted to Christianity upon witnessing this miracle.
We could go on! For a far more awesome Place and grace? Bring it!
Humbleness in the eyes of the Lord is a good thing. Boasting in any case, is often very close to actual lying, as one tendency in boasting is to exaggerate its subject until it begins to fail to even resemble its original version of events. Jesus trusted disciples of humble nature to initially reveal Himself to, whilst He chose the poor and wretched of the earth who had nothing to boast about to heal, wash and teach. His humble children are His best, for they also regard themselves as not higher than others, but know that stood before God we are all equally His children.
And we pray:
Dear Father, we lay before Your Essence in Heaven, giving You glory and praise for the gifts and grace showered upon all Your children. Grant the faithful – if they truly hear You call, the ability to be humble in all they do. For I know myself that all that I have and have achieved, have been through Your divine hand and grace; and all I will ever continue to do, is permitted only through Your Love and Will. Keep me thus, as a servant equal with all others, within Your breast and embrace, I pray in The name of Jesus, Amen.