When I hear the word GRACE I immediately think of 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“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.
Thinking of this verse gets me humming Shane and Shane’s song “Grace is Sufficient” from The One You Need album. I was raised in a Christian home and heard this passage of the scripture dozens of times. I have become so familiar with it that I have become complacent with its message. This series is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at what the verse really means. Surprisingly the word I went to first was sufficient, not GRACE. (Not sure why, but I have all month to study/write through this.) I am a bit of a word nerd so I decided the dictionary was a good place to start. I like to use what I find there as a starting point for deeper thinking and a spring board to write. This is what Merriam-Webster had to say… “enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end.”
I began to wonder what would happen if I replaced sufficient with the definition I found.
“My grace is enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end for you.”
Now let’s make that personal. Imagine God whispering in your ear “My grace is enough to meet the needs of_____________________(put your situation, your inadequacies in the blank) for the proposed end I have for you. Repeat that a few times.
The dictionary also stated that ENOUGH is less exact in suggestion than SUFFICIENT. There is just something I love about that…
God is not limited by our past.
God is not limited by our deficiencies.
God delights in using imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. We see it over and over in the Bible and I am looking forward to taking a closer look at that. I certainly need the encouragement. I am involved in several God led things that seem to be beyond my expertise and expose my weaknesses. I manage a website and blog even though I have little education in this area. I went to school for Interior Architecture. I was only required to take one English class the entire four years I was in college. I recently started a business to make and sell a children’s product I designed which has challenged the boundaries of my comfort zone. I love being a mom to my three little ones but wonder sometimes if I have what it takes to give them what they need from me.
He can and will use us mightily in our shortcomings if we let Him. I am counting on it!
What do you need the sufficiency of His GRACE for?
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