You know the scripture. We all know it… and quote it. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9). And I’m grateful for this truth.
Especially after my recent eye-opening revelation.
I had to make a difficult phone call to step down from volunteering from something in our community. And honestly, I wasn’t in agreement with the decision because I hated the thought of our integrity being damaged. But when I called the volunteer supervisor, she wasn’t at her desk and I had to leave a voicemail asking her to call me back. (I know better than to leave bad news in a message–that would be cowardly–although I thought about it momentarily.)
So the day went on, my emotions subsided, and I got a good night’s rest. This morning as I realized she hadn’t returned my call yet, I said to God, “Thank you. Your grace really is sufficient.”
You see, I realized in hindsight that I probably wouldn’t have been able to hide my frustration if she had called me the day before. And that alone would’ve put myself and other staff in a bad light. But God sees what we can’t.
In other words, I don’t think it was simple coincidence that she didn’t call me back right away. I believe God, who knows and sees all, could see that my heart would get right and therefore extended His grace toward me.
The word sufficient in the Greek means to satisfy, to be strong, and to assist another. God’s grace is there to help us–period. That’s why He said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” When we are weak (in the flesh), He has unseen strength available to help in our time of need.
And the real beauty? God gives this grace to us even before we ask for it.
As the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), we have received all the benefits that Jesus Himself walked in. Praise God! I know I could take that for granted but instead I choose to recognize the small ways in which God covers my sins –whether they’re unintentional, hidden in my heart, or just plain ignorant.
I hope you will begin to recognize His grace in your life too. I promise it’s sufficient.