“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; He hath given to the poor: His righteousness remaineth for ever.”
(2 Corinthians 9:8-9)
Have you ever hit a point when you couldn’t do one more thing? I felt that way a few weeks ago when I was feeling exhausted spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I was in the process of writing an email when I just stopped and decided that I couldn’t write one more word. As the tears began to flow, the feeling of depletion and discouragement simply overwhelmed me and I hit a wall …..
I prayed to God in my moment of distress and He brought back the memory of His Word to me, that no matter what, He would never leave me ~
that He would complete the work that He began in me ~
and that His grace was sufficient for me ~
I took a deep breath and asked Him for the grace to continue. The Lord heard my prayer and I was able to complete what I had been doing ….
When we come to the end of all of our best efforts, skills, and talents; we have nothing else to give. This is when we can come to God seeking His grace to finish the work. The Lord never called us to His purpose and plans based on our own gifts and merits anyway. While our gifts do make room and opportunities for our success, it’s not the primary foundation for our success. The grace given by God allows us to know that He is in control and working everything out according to His will. And we can have hope and assurance in His promise that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
This grace gives us the extra edge in life. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are given grace that compels us forward when everyone else is ready to give up. We are given grace in our homes to love our spouses, and train our children. We are given grace in the workplace to do everything as to God and not to man. We are given grace when we are insulted and persecuted because of our faith; and to love our enemies instead of returning their evil.
When grace kicks in, everything changes. Our attitude, strength, and motivation rises to a higher level than what we ever thought possible. Grace is a gift that we can’t afford to ever leave unattended …..
Let us pray ~
How I praise and thank You Father that You are a God Who is mighty in strength and Who fully understands the frailties and fears that we face in our daily lives ~ and so I come to You to ask for Your abundant grace and never-failing strength, so that I may face life’s difficulties with confidence; knowing that Your grace is sufficient to deal with every circumstance and eventuality, for Your strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.
How I praise You that Your good purposes towards Your children never change. Thank You that You have promised to finish a good work in me and to carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus to Your praise and glory. Give me Your grace and Your strength I pray, to face all the issues I may encounter today, with a heart that is willing to pray, “Thy will not mine be done.” Help me to be a living sacrifice unto You, which I know can only be achieved as I die to self daily and live moment by moment for Christ Jesus, Who is my Redeemer, and to Whom be all praise and glory forever. Amen
God is always with us …..