2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Do you look at these two verses and think, “of course I believe this?” On sunny days, when we are smiling and life seems to be going well, it is easy to say that we agree with this statement. But what about the days when our hearts are broken, our faith is tested, and our pain hovers over us like a dark cloud? I must confess that this verse has a new meaning today. I have been reading through the wonderful devotional Let the Journey Begin: God’s Road Map for New Beginnings by Max Lucado. He says, “Content. That’s the word. A state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than He already has. Test yourself with this question: What if God’s only gift to you were His grace to save you? Would you be content?” http://www.lifeway.com/Product/let-the-journey-begin-P005188678
Whoa, what a powerful and honest statement. Recently God told me “No” on something that I wanted a “Yes” from Him. When this happens it is difficult not to feel misunderstood, alone, and even heartbroken. But, how sweet it is that as we approach our Heavenly Father that He speaks truth in love over us. I read this quote earlier today and knew that the Lord Jesus Himself wanted me to read it and know that even though I did not get my way, that His ways are higher and better. He loves me and He knows every hurt and cry of my heart. I have realized that there are many times that I believe that I am fine if I have grace plus. i.e. The grace of salvation + a size 2, or His grace + a boyfriend, or His grace + a record deal. The list could go on and on…
I want to ask you, what is the plus in your life? What are you adding to your needs? If we truly believe that His grace is sufficient and more than enough, we need to live with open hands and hearts. We do not neglect our emotions of real grief, but instead bring them to Jehovah Rafa (God our Healer) and receive them knowing that this temporary pain will pass away. We should be thankful for the gift that is all we need, Jesus.
What is it that is your plus in life? How has the Lord helped you in surrendering your desires, for His purposes?