Sufficient Grace

Jay Pankratz

"There was given me a thorn in my flesh...Three times I pleaded with Lord to take it away from me."  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect is weakness."  II Corinthians 12:7-9

Many faithful Christians have prayed about an illness in the family, the need for a job, or a painful relationship.  But after months of prayer, the illness is still there, the job has not been found, and the relationship is still a mess.  If God loves us, why hasn't He removed the problem?  That is the same question the Apostle Paul was asking.

God's answer:  I will give you sufficient grace and power to use the problem for a greater good.  God promises us that His grace (undeserved blessing), will be more than we need, but it may come in unexpected ways.  Sometimes God shows His grace by giving us a lighter load and sometimes God pours out His grace by giving us a stronger back.  Either way, it is God's grace and brings a blessing.

Joni Eareckson Tada, when paralyzed as a teenager, turned to God with a faith and hope which God has used to enable her as a quadriplegic to touch millions of lives with the love and joy of the Lord.  God's grace was sufficient.

When I was a young pastor with a very small salary, God provided for our family, but not by giving us a new car and a big house.  He kept our old car running with my repair abilities and helped us to be satisfied in a modest home.  His grace was sufficient and we learned to trust God rather than to rely on materialistic comforts.

If your "thorn in the flesh" has not been removed after repeated prayer, keep praying; but, also look for ways to use that problem to bring greater blessing as you trust God.  God's grace is sufficient for you!

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