For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Cor 12:8-9)~ We all have that ‘thing’ that is the thorn of our side, that problem or issue or ailment or condition; that we WISH God would take away. But if you’ve lived at all you know by now that you typically don’t see that prayer answered IN THE WAY YOU’D LIKE it answered. In fact, you’ve probably asked WHY does God allow this to be! The Bible tells us that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). This is our reminder that trials and challenges are a part of our life. It’s common to hear folks say “trials come to strengthen you”. So what strength do I get from having that ‘thing’ in my life??? God allows these trials that we may trust in the Grace! He tells us His Grace is sufficient but our response has to be to TRUST in that Grace. In our selfishness, we (and I know at some point you have done it) ask, ‘Why doesn’t He just remove the pain, problem, condition or issue?’. Here’s your answer: If He removes the ‘thing’ we forget about the Grace and our dependence on Him! If the ‘thing’ stays with us, we come to keep our mind stayed on HIM, which is where we get our perfect peace! We learn to trust the Grace more and more and when you do something more and more, you get better at it. What better thing to get ‘better’ at than loving, trusting and depending on the God that gives us that grace to trust in? What better thing to have on you to get you through those ‘things’ than the Power of Christ? The Lord we serve and trust, is God alone. All that God has said is plain, satisfactory, and just. We may not feel comfort with the ‘thing’, but His Grace is enough to get us through it, and He will keep us in His perfect peace if we depend and trust in Him. As God in His word calls us to seek Him and depend on Him, so He has never denied believing prayers, nor disappointed believing expectations. But He gives us Grace sufficient, and comfort and satisfaction of soul.