GRACE WHICH IS SUFFICIENT!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).
Paul who was the prime Apostle had many great things to feel proud of. He had erected numerous churches and had practised all the gifts of the Spirit. In spite of all these things, he had a thorn in his life. When he fervently prayed for this, God replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul, who held on to these words firmly, not only dedicated himself to the power of Christ to rest upon him but also told that he would boast about the same gladly.
One boy left his home to attend the birthday celebrations of his friend. That was night time and snow was falling heavily. His father was not inclined to send him alone. As the boy for his consent, he gave the permission. The boy searched here and there in the cold weather and in darkness and at last succeeded in finding the correct location.
When he was about to knock the doors, he somehow felt that someone is following him. When he turned back, he saw his father standing at a distance. He had followed his son all the way like a shadow in the fear that he might face some danger on his way.
Dear children of God, in the same way, God is also sending His grace to follow you like a shadow. How concerned is He in ensuring that you should not become disheartened and dejected during the times of weakness and struggles! The grace of God is following you. That grace never leaves you.
A servant of God was delivering a sermon on the title “My grace is sufficient for thee.” In the end, one person stood up and asked, “Dear preacher, you have wife and children and with all happiness in life you preach that His grace is sufficient. But I have lost my family members and I am toiling in solitude. If you are in my position, will you preach in the same way about grace?”
A few months later, the wife and children of that preacher were caught in a train accident and lost their lives. In this hour of grief, he had to go back to the same church and preach under the same head “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Even though the calamity broke his heart, he continued to preach in the same way and said, “My wife and children have died. Even in this situation, I say that His grace is sufficient for me. This grace will enable me to meet them in the eternity.” The man, who had questioned this preacher sometime back, was deeply touched by this speech and he leaned upon the grace of God.
To meditate: “And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 1:14).