Our Bible verse today is from 2 Corinthian 12:9 He said to me," My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." " Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. "
Enough. It's a word we don't hear too often. Do children ever say," I have enough toys,"? Do coaches ever say, "Our team has enough trophies"? Do CEO's ever say, "We've have enough sales?" Hardly!
Sufficient. Enough. With this work, the Lord quieted Paul's anxious heart. "My grace is enough." God told his apostle," It's all you need."
Paul thought he needed more. In particular, Paul thought he needed deliverance from a particular problem that troubled him. Some think the problem was a physical ailment. Some think it was something else. No matter what it was. Paul saw it as an impediment, as dead weight, as an obstacle to his ministry.
"No, " God said. "My grace is sufficient. It's all you need." Paul must have swallowed hard. There may have been a gap of several minutes or even several days between the first sentence and the second sentence in 2 Corinthians 12:9. But in the end, Paul submitted to the wisdom of the Savior. He gladly accepted his weaknesses, because those weaknesses had become windows through which the grace of God could shine in all its brilliance. God's grace was enough, completely enough. And for that, Paul was thankful. "Thank you" in Spanish is" Gracias!". In Italian, it's "Grazie" Both come from the same root as grace. When we say grace at meals, we thank God for his blessings in our lives, especially for the food we are about to eat.
Sooner or later, challenges and problems come knocking on the door of every life. Not even Christ's apostles were exempt. But for us as for them, God's Grace is always enough-enough to keep us going, enough to see us through. Knowing that grace makes our hearts truly thankful.
As we come to recognize more and more fully the difference God's grace makes, the more thankful we become. That thankfulness, in turn, leads to joy and generosity. Thankful hearts are joyful hearts, giving hearts. Dear Lord Jesus, your grace is truly enough for me, when I'm tempted to demand more, please show me...how. Amen.
Till next time this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty I promise you spring is coming.