The other day when I was considering the characteristics of grace, my mind immediately went to the effect of grace on myself. Because of the physical challenges I have faced all through my life, even from birth, and now learning to live with pain, I am reminded of the Lord’s sufficient grace.
It is easy for me to identify with Paul when he “pleaded with the Lord [three times] that it [the thorn in his flesh] should leave [him],” and his request was denied each time. In my weakness, I am sure I have asked the Lord 300 times the same request. As Paul heard from the Lord, I have also received the same response; “He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We naturally do not like to feel weak and dependent on others. Such a condition deals a direct blow to our pride. Paul had experienced a “surpassing great…revelation” (12:7) from the Lord which gave him insight into the mysteries of God (Ephesians 3:4). He knew that it would be easy for him to be boastful about what he received by divine revelation and why the Lord had given him this “thorn” to boast only in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17).
“Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (12:9). What do we want more? The ability to boast in what we have accomplished, or the power of Christ through HIS sufficient grace that gives what we need to accomplish HIS will in a weak condition? We might all agree with the second statement, but in our real world our spirits and attitudes are more often driven by pride and wanting to do things on our own rather than totally dependent on the Lord.
What power are you leaning on ALL THE TIME? Begin this day to rest everything in your life on the ALL SUFFIECIENT GRACE AND POWER OF GOD! Then He will receive the glory, not you.
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