Being In Christ – Part 4
March 17, 2013
Are You Fully Persuaded?
March 19, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 4
March 17, 2013
Are You Fully Persuaded?
March 19, 2013

Sufficient Grace

Looking down the beach at North Myrtle Beach 2013

Looking down the beach at North Myrtle Beach 2013

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

This is the famous “thorn in the flesh” passage. Many people draw erroneous conclusions from this passage. My point in this devotional is not to discuss the thorn, except to say how it related to the grace that Paul found sufficient.

God has redeemed us from sickness, disease, poverty, etc. but not from persecution. For God to deliver us from persecution He would have to execute the persecutors and He will never do that. However, He does give us the strength to endure persecution and He will often rescue us when in danger.

Paul is therefore not glorying in sicknesses which King James translates “infirmities.” God does not call us to endure sickness when He has given us the grace of healing. Though we might get sick, it is not for God’s glory. Healing is for God’s glory.

God will give us the grace to endure. His grace is sufficient. His sufficiency is like a barrier, or hedge around us. It’s allows us to go through time of persecution. Paul points out that Satan was the messenger of the persecution. God does not bring persecution on us to teach us humility. Satan tries to discredit the preaching and witnessing of the gospel.

Therefore, Paul would rather glory in His persecutions and weakness then try to work them out himself. When we allow the power of God into the situation, then we can do all things.

God’s gift of grace is sufficient to meet every problem that comes our way whether it is to deliver us from evil or to take us through it. Let’s glory in the fact that God is in control when we allow His grace full reign.