There is one thing you must understand about grace. Grace equals power. There is nothing like this power in the entire world. This power is so unique that it can raise a dead soul to life. It is a supernatural power. It's a unique power. And it is that same power that sustains us through the difficulties of life.
No matter what your hurt may be, whatever your suffering is, whatever grief is crushing you, God's promise for the apostle Paul is yours today: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). No matter what you are facing, God's grace is sufficient.
How could we experience and explain the sufficiency of the grace of God if there were no thorns in our lives? How could we testify about it? God's grace cannot be manifested when we are strong in our own eyes, when we think we don't need it.
God's grace shines the brightest against the darkness of our circumstances. God's grace is manifested most clearly when we are weak. That is why Paul was glad to boast about his weakness. Why? So that Christ's power would rest upon him even more.
"My grace is sufficient for you." Is God's grace sufficient for you? If you don't think God's grace is sufficient for you, maybe you are focusing so much on the thorn that you cannot see the rose of His grace blossoming in your life. Look up and remember His grace, truth and promises—and rejoice.
Prayer: Lord, help me to take my eyes off my thorn. May my gaze instead be fixed upon Your throne. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power" (Eph. 3:7, ESV).
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. Youssef was born in Egypt.
This article originally appeared at ltw.org.
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