By Andrea Merrell
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power
is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Sometimes I think God is asking a little much.
Do all things without murmuring and disputings.
Seriously? No moaning, groaning, griping, or complaining—even when my life is upside down and I have so much on my plate? That’s a pretty tall order.
Great peace have they who love the law and nothing shall offend them.
All things considered, no one had more reason to murmur, complain, and be offended than Paul. He was beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, and imprisoned. He was even given a messenger of Satan—a thorn in the flesh—to keep him humble. I don’t know about you, but those are all good reasons to gripe. So, how did Paul handle it?
Only with God’s grace.
When the Lord said, My grace is sufficient, that was enough for Paul. In fact, Paul said, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
Now that is the epitome of faith and trust.
Looking back over some traumatic events in my own life, I now see how God’s grace—and His grace alone—sustained me and brought me through the fires of adversity. When I was at my weakest, He poured His strength into me and kept me moving forward.
We sing about “Amazing Grace,” but do we ever really stop and think how truly amazing it is? Without it, we could never be saved. The absence of grace would be like going through the motions without God’s unmerited favor and His power working within us.
Grace … what a wonderful gift. Receive it today.
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