But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I was reminded of this passage once again at church on Sunday. I had a crazy week planned—it’s the tail end of midterms; I had a speech, two papers, and two tests; and I can’t remember the last time I got enough sleep. I was sure there was no way I’d make it through this week. But I was struck by these words from Paul. He was struggling a lot with his “thorn in the flesh,” whatever that might have been. He asked its removal of Christ three times. And what was His answer? It wasn’t, “Oh, My bad! Let Me fix that immediately!” It was, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
He never promised us that this life wasn’t going to be hard. He never said the road would be smooth and the path straight. In fact, He promised the opposite: “In this world, you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). But He promised us that He would walk with us, and that His grace is enough.
No matter what you’re going through, the hardships you’re struggling with or the many responsibilities you’re juggling, His grace is sufficient for you. This wasn’t just a promise He made to Paul two thousand years ago. It’s a promise for you, too. It’s a promise for me.
This week, sufficient grace for me looks like an unexpected day off classes and an extension on both papers, one test, and my speech. What does it look like for you?
“Had any other condition been better for you that the one which you are in, divine love would have placed you there.” -Charles Spurgeon