'And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness...'
2 Corinthians 12:9a
Paul was no stranger to opposition and hardship in his walk with the Lord, yet concerning this matter of a thorn in his flesh, he asked the Lord to remove it from him three times! Clearly this was no small issue. Yet the Lord's response was not to take away the affliction, but rather to make it a means of proving the sufficiency of His grace.
How often when we are going through difficulties, we simply want the Lord to remove them from us. We often see our problems as obstacles to spiritual usefulness, when in fact they can provide the platform for bringing praise to the glory of His grace!
In the second part of our verse, Paul went on to say, 'Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.' If we are experiencing infirmities and oppression for Christ's sake, then we can know His power and favour resting upon us in a way that we otherwise may never have known.
O how great a statement this is, the Lord Himself has said it, 'My grace is sufficient for you'! We serve a God who cannot lie! He is utterly faithful to His Word. What enemy can vex us beyond the sufficiency of Gods grace to keep us?
The history of the saints show us that the Lord is able to uphold His own in the most impossible of situations, blessed be His name! What He has done for countless others He can do for you. Do not be discouraged! Let the Lord strengthen you. Run to Him, and lay hold of His all sufficient grace.
Beloved, we can look at our need and dwell upon the greatness of it until it consumes us. However, let us choose to look up, fix our eyes on the Lord, and by faith receive from Him, the promised Divine strength, power and favour that is summed up in this glorious word, grace.
The Lord understands the pain and discomfort we often feel. He did not condemn Paul, or simply tell him to do better. He gave him His grace, comforted his soul, and determined that the testimony should be part of His Word, bringing encouragement and solace to many a saint since.
Dear child of God, you may feel that you cannot keep going. You have no resources left, and you feel totally exhausted. However, your end is but the Lord's beginnings! Cast yourself upon His aid, look to Him, for there is an inexhaustible storehouse of grace to meet your need! The greater the need, the greater the grace! Praise be to the Lord!
Dear friends, let me end with a verse from John Newton's most famous hymn. He wrote, 'Through many dangers toils and snares I have already come. Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.' May our lives be 'to the praise of the glory of His grace!'
Shalom with every blessing in Jesus,