Q: What if? What if Luke the Apostle Paul, he had a “thorn in the flesh” that lasted his whole lifetime. His life didn’t go “prosperous” or successful in the way the world knows, or he did not life of “good things” accdg to our worldly standards. That thorn of the flesh wasn’t removed by God, it stayed. (But we know he brought the gospel to many, was joyful even in the prison etc..) WHAT IF, our husbands are our thorn in the flesh and will remain like that? 🙁
This is a very valid question. But a more immediately urgent relevant question might be… What if my life ends today, will my choices in my walk with God have proven that I belong to Him or the enemy (John 8:43-44)?
Will my children, family members, loved ones, the people I hoped to share Jesus with, remember me as having served the interests of God or of their enemy?
We are accountable for our own walk, not the walk of others.
When Peter concerned himself about if John would also have to undergo the same kind of death he (Peter) would to glorify God, Jesus told Peter in effect not to mind others, just focus on following God.
“When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.””
John 21:21-22 NIV