We all want the hurts of this world to stop and the healing to start. We want God’s kingdom to come. Now. For some of you the challenge is physical pain. For others it’s finances, toxic relationships, depression, stressful employment or unemployment, prodigal children, broken marriages, tangled feelings, or emotional emptiness, the list goes on. We all wish If only we could overcome our trials by pushing a few buttons. We do try, though. We try so hard to hide our pain with things of this world, don’t we? None of which point us in the direction to the more we long for. The Bible points to a hope that remains in Christ. When we call to the One who is all about restarts and more – His grace meets us there. In the pain. In the disappointment. In the bitterness. In the anger. In the hopelessness.
When the apostle Paul pleaded with God to make his life “more” by removing the thorn in his side, the Lord told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9) I love God’s grace and am grateful for salvation. So grateful. But I wonder just how much of God’s strength, how much of His grace – how much of His more – goes untapped in our lives because we simply fail to ask for it or because we don’t believe He actually cares enough to intervene. If His strength is made perfect in our weakness, as it was in Paul’s, then why do we often still feel weak?
One thing I know for sure is that my emotions are unreliable. And I KNOW God! I know that He is faithful, He is always with me, His ways are higher and His thoughts are more comprehensive than mine. And I know He lifts my head when I’m downhearted and that His compassion for humanity – for you and me – is white hot like a flame.
The more we are meant for is found in Jesus Christ. He took on death so you and I could take on life. A life of more. God’s grace invites us to a restart that begins with repentance and faith. It is essential that we acknowledge the brokenness of sin in our lives and believe that Jesus came from heaven to bring forgiveness and hope to mankind. Yes, we need grace. Yes, we need strength. Everyday. But more than anything, we need Jesus.