The Apostle Paul wrote, “There was given me a thorn in my flesh, from Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
The cancer in the body. The sorrow in the heart. The child in the rehab center. The craving for whiskey in the middle of the day. The tears in the middle of the night. The thorn-in-the-flesh. “Take it away,” you’ve pleaded. Not once, twice, or even three times. You’ve outprayed Paul. And you’re about to hit the wall.
But what you hear is this: “My grace is sufficient for you.” Sustaining grace. The grace that meets us at our point of need and equips us with courage, wisdom, and strength. Sustaining grace! It doesn’t promise the absence of struggle. It promises the presence of God.