“It is enough!”
These are not words that are very common in our world today. Some people will tell you that they do not have enough food on their tables, enough money in their bank accounts or enough time to give an appropriate amount of attention to their families. Some businesses will tell you that you do not have enough luxuries in your life. This is how they can convince you to buy the latest phone, car, or television. Politicians almost seem like they make a career convincing us that their opponents have not done enough to earn your vote, and therefore vote for them.
So then, what is enough?
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most glady, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2nd Corinthians 12:9 [NASB]
The Apostle Paul wrote this verse in a section of 2nd Corinthians where he discloses that even he battles with his pride. He reasons that he was given his “Thorn in the Flesh” to keep him from “Exalting” himself. In verse eight of this chapter, Paul then let’s the Corinthians know that he has petitioned God to remove this thorn. However, the Lord replied to Paul with verse 9.
You see, in Paul’s life he certainly had plenty to boast about. In Philippians 3 Paul shares several reasons why he could think very highly of himself, even claiming that he would be found blameless by the standards of the Law, the Old Testament laws given to the Jews. So it would only be natural that Paul would struggle with being prideful and boasting in himself, rather than God. God gave Paul the means to combat this struggle, and while it may not have been in a way Paul would have chosen, God was giving Paul the means to successfully combat the sin that would occur in the prideful moments where Paul would put himself before God. In regards to his sin, God had enough grace to give Paul the means to strive for holiness, and find victory over his struggles with sin.
Let me remind you of something that is true for every man and woman, boy and girl; You and I DO NOT have enough RIGHTEOUSNESS to save us from God’s WRATH and JUSTICE. Like Paul, each of us have sins that we will not find victory over apart from God. That is why Christ was sent to redeem us of our sins, and the Holy Spirit was given to guide us in the way God wants His creation, mankind, to live. Also like Paul, we may be given circumstances in life that seem as though they are placed there to hinder us or challenge us. What ever struggles we have in life, God’s people have this truth in scripture to give us hope; “God’s Grace is Sufficient.”
Allow me to encourage you as I conclude this post that God’s word is true, and this is a promise, not just a nice bit of positive thinking. For those who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, simply pray that you will be able to recognize God’s grace in your life, just as Paul had to seek God to understand his own struggles given to him. For those who will read who do not claim Jesus as their Lord, God cannot show you his Grace if you will not acknowledge his greatest act of Grace, the salvation offered in Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, for all who read, trust that His Grace is enough for every situation in your life.
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!