It Is Enough?

In this crazy time and period of life in 2020, we all have questions about what is factual and true.  We are bombarded with so much information and sadly enough, not all the information people hear is reliable and true.  As a result, there tends to be chaos and heightened uncertainty about most everything we do or for that matter don’t do.  As a believer, we look to find what is truth and how to responsibly make application of what is right in our daily activity.  As we do, we are always looking for confidence in what is reliable to sustain our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.  That has become a daily challenge.
Paul was no stranger to trial as he lived out life seeking to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel.  He encountered physical suffering, emotional duress, mental challenges, and spiritual warfare consistently.  In 2 Corinthians 11-12 Paul is again attacked by dissenters who charged he was a false prophet.  He talked about his sufferings for Christ and then talked about boasting only in his weaknesses in order to glorify God and not himself.  Part of his discourse talked about some visions that he had and how he could boast of these, but he emphatically stated he would not.  He says that because of the experience a thorn in the flesh was given him to keep him from exalting himself.  He sought the Lord to have it removed from him, but in 12:9 the scripture says, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.'”  In Paul’s inability to handle the thorn in the flesh, the Lord stated that His grace was enough, that even in Paul’s weakness God’s power would prevail.  Paul’s response, (continuing in 12:9) “Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”
When we wake up each new day we must determine how we will live our lives that day.  We have a challenge right now that affects us in many ways, it may not be a specific thorn in the flesh for the reason that Paul received his, but nonetheless it is something we ask the Lord to remove, to take away so that we can be “normal”.  Yet God’s Word says my grace is enough, because by his grace His power is perfected in our weaknesses.  We can adhere to the actions required or requested to help diminish the spread of a virus, but we can trust fully in God’s amazing grace to see us through each day, because in our weakness His power is present and complete to accomplish His purposes in our lives, in our community, in our nation, and in the world.  So let’s boast in our weaknesses so that Christ’s power may abide in us!
So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me
Your grace is enough
Heaven reaching down to us
Your grace is enough for me
God I see your grace is enough
I’m covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me
For me
Your Grace is Enough – Chris Tomlin