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2 Corinthians 12:9
Sufficient grace. I've been thinking a lot about that lately.
Somehow I've always sort of thought that "sufficient grace" meant "just barely enough" grace, as if God was doling out scant measures of grace and when you had your limit He'd say, "you've had enough, now move along." And then leave you to figure out how to budget the grace you were given to last through your trial or circumstance.
But what 2 Corinthians 12:9 is really saying is that sufficient grace means there is ALWAYS enough grace to meet your need. Like a deep, bottomless well you can drink from as often and as deeply as you want. If you need more, there is more.
There is always enough. More than enough.
God's grace is infinite. Unending. Unrelenting. Unwavering.
His grace is enough for whatever you are going through today. No matter how difficult the "thorn in your side," as Paul experienced, His grace will sustain and strengthen you. It will flow over you and through you. You see, the end of this verse says, "my power is made perfect in weakness," and then Paul goes on to say that he actually glories in his weakness because it magnifies God's power.
Somehow we tend to think that we must have the strength or ability to meet our challenges on our own. Or, like Paul we keep asking God to remove our trials from us so that we can really get on with glorifying Him. We forget that the end of our own strength is the beginning of His power. And that He who has called us will be faithful to perform it. If we were doing all the work ourselves - by our own strength - there wouldn't be any room left for His glory. He allows us to be in circumstances that require us to be dependent on Him and His grace and power.
Most times we simply forget the power of His grace. But you see, His grace changes us so that we can see the eternal purpose in the midst of our temporary trial. His grace carries us when we can't take another step on our own and it sustains us when we feel the weakest. His power is completing and perfecting you, even when you can't see it happening.
Today's Small Thing is to thank God for His infinite grace.
As you go through your day, simply be aware of His presence with you. His grace is at work in you - creating a beautiful tapestry that brings glory to Him in every circumstance and situation.
The artwork today is for you to enjoy. You can download it, copy and paste it, give it to a friend or frame it. Let it be a reminder of His infinite grace in your life.
How are you experiencing His grace in your life today?
Song of the Day: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) Chris Tomlin