grace.

Do you ever feel like there are some things that only mean something because they look pretty written out on Pinterest?

We may not even truly understand the meaning… but because it’s on a coffee mug, or on the front of a journal, or on a pretty sign at TJ Maxx – we buy it, we hang it on our wall, or put it in some place where we can see it all the time. Maybe it makes us feel better?

Someone recently printed out a beautiful photo for me that said, “Your grace is sufficient.” 2 Corinthians 12:9. It’s pretty. I put it in my kitchen.

Your grace is sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9  God is with you every step of the way. And when a trial threatens to overwhelm you, remember His promise: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  The Lord is a faithful friend, sustaining you. Let this bible verse print be a beautiful reminder your grace is sufficient. #yourgraceissufficient

The Amplified version puts the whole verse this way:

But He has said to me,My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are always more than enough — always available — regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Okay, stop.

If those words didn’t take your breath away, please, go back and read again – slower.

I have said for probably a year now that this is my most favorite promise from God. That His power works best when I am weak. I fight so hard to be strong. I have been told this my whole life; that I’m strong. And I cling to it. I put it up in front of me, very often fooling myself and fooling others. Sometimes it pushes people away. Sometimes it works.

I didn’t realize what God was wanting to show me about my weakness. That on my “strongest” day – it is nothing compared to the strength He wants to give me when I just succumb to my weakness and submit to Him that I’m really not enough.

He says that His grace is sufficient.

What is grace? Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God.

And what does it mean for this grace to be sufficient? It means it is enough to meet the need. 

To meet YOUR need.

The free and unmerited favor of God is enough to meet my needs.

There are times where God gives above and beyond. And then there are times where He gives just enough. Why? Because if we always had more than enough – we would be comfortable. We wouldn’t need. We wouldn’t have any reason to be weak, and therefore no need or want to let Him be strong.

Just like the Israelites received just enough manna (Exodus 16) for each day, there are times God gives just enough grace.

Mark Batterson said it this way in The Circle Maker, “One of our fundamental misunderstandings of spiritual maturity is thinking that it should result in self-sufficiency. It’s the exact opposite. The goal isn’t independence; the goal is codependence on God… We want a one-week or one-month or one-year supply of God’s provision, but God wants us to drop to our knees every day in raw dependence on Him.”

The free and unmerited favor of God is enough to meet my needs.

There are times where God gives us that “just enough” manna… for today, for the next hour, for the next 10 minutes.

And just like the Israelites were showered with quail that stretched beyond what their eyes could see, (Exodus 16) there are times where He pours out His love beyond measure. To the point of overflow, where we can hardly contain Him, and He’s spilling on every thing and every one around us.

He knows the time for each. He knows the times that we would get comfortable and be content with yesterday’s portion of grace, so we’ll skip our portion for today. He knows the days where we are so desperate, we can hardly get from one moment to another; and He makes it known that His lovingkindness and mercies will exceed our expectation of our need.

I pray you would allow the free and unmerited favor of God to be enough to meet your deepest, most desperate need. 

Today. In 3 minutes. In 10 minutes. In 4 hours. Tomorrow. Next week. Next year. 40 years from now.

Grace… not just a pretty word to be hung.

The free and unmerited favor of God is enough to meet my needs.

 

 

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