“My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
II Cor 12:9
Imagine for a moment that whatever is hard in your life was removed completely – the struggle eliminated. There would be no longer a trace of the pain. You get what you asked for…its removal. How would your life play out from here?
There have been moments/days where I’d like the stress associated with Autism to be removed. There are plenty of days where my attitude stinks and I need some supernatural strength to adjust my mindset.
You are not alone in wanting to escape difficulties. One of my favorite heroes in the Bible is Paul. His thorn (that which was hard) was so painful that he prayed fervently for its removal. “Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.” (II Cor 12:8). Jesus did the same thing when he asked his Father if there was any way to remove the suffering he was about to face on the cross (Matthey 26:36-46). But God responded to both of them the same: “Your suffering will remain…” but he gave them something in return—GRACE.
So, what is this gift of Grace? I don’t know about you, but I’m personally not interested in some kind of limp, get by, half-way-there help with my struggles. I am in no way wanting a temporary distribution of generic strength. I want the supernatural strength—that is GRACE. I believe our God is incredibly interested in the details of our struggles. He knows our “thorn.” He knows how hard it is. He knows what we need. He offers the real stuff not made out of fluff- “My grace IS sufficient for you.” He said that His grace…what He offers will be enough. Not “may” be enough… but “will” be enough for us!
So, let’s be real – we know our struggle is not walking out the door anytime soon. Can you imagine for a moment what life would be like for us if we walked in the GRACE God offers? What would our lives look like if we confidently held to the truth that no matter what we go through, He is not only with us but provides GRACE for the journey.
I gave my daughter the middle name of “Grace.” I wanted her to always remember that anything she faces, God’s grace is all she will need to get through. Let’s walk in GRACE today.
Father, thank you for your gift of GRACE. So many times, I ignore it because I wallow and complain in my difficulties. May I hold tight to the GRACE you supply. It is sufficient for me.