We are all familiar with this scripture below and have heard it said that God’s grace is sufficient, but how does that help us? Grace is described as ‘unmerited (not earned, not deserved) help given to people by God; a virtue (strength, courage) coming from God’. So when you change the words in this verse with this definition, it may seem a little clearer. ‘My help strength, and courage is sufficient (adequate to accomplish a purpose or meet a need) for you: for my strength is made perfect (exact, precise, complete) in weakness (an instance or period of being weak).
“Each Time he said, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”….. 2 Corinthians 12:9
We all face times of being weak. We don’t even have to be facing a large battle. We could just feel exhausted from work or everyday life, filled with too much to do and too little time. Jesus didn’t say ‘My grace is sufficient if the devil is trying to rob you of your life and you’ve done all you can, so I’ll step in and take control.’ When we are exhausted from work or rushing through life, we can get strength from God. But when the devil comes in and is hitting us from all sides, we don’t have to back down and let him do what he wants because we are not strong enough to fight him. We can call on God for any need and He will come and give us the help, strength, and courage we need to get through our weakness. The key word is through. He is not going to give us strength to stay where we are forever. When God extends His grace to us, that gives us the promise that He will make us strong enough to come out of our trial and have a great testimony.
Sometimes God’s mercy and grace are taken for granted. I know I have taken it for granted. When I think about His grace helping me through battles, I realize that God can’t help me unless I ask Him to. But once I ask for His mercy (compassion), He is faithful to me and will give me His grace (help) so that with Him I can face anything that the devil brings against me. The best part about it is that I can walk with God now and it won’t be long until I will be able to look back and say ‘Do you see how God turned the whole situation into good? He didn’t do it just for me but others can see that it had to be God and now they have a hunger for the same peace and strength that I have’.
Take a look at your life. Are you taking God’s mercy and grace for granted too? Do you realize the power God has and is offering to you? Do you realize the peace you can have as you rest with Him?