Friday, May 9, 2014

God's Grace Is Sufficient

There are times in our lives when everything is going well. Unfortunately, there are days when everything is not going well. It seems as though God will not let up on you. Trials come over and over again. Maybe our children have a sickness or disease and have to be on medicine. Our spouse may have been diagnosed with some disorder. After our recent doctor's appointment, we heard those dreaded words, "you have cancer."

What can we do to survive these less than well times in our lives? Jesus said that he has overcome this world. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

When Paul prayed for the Lord to remove his pain, Jesus said no. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 "Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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."

Paul wrote a letter to the church at Philippi and said in Philippians 4:10-13 "I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

So, whether our lives are going well or not, let us turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His glory and grace!

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