Monday, October 18, 2010

NT75 Day 36: 2 Corinthians 10-13

Sufficient grace.

Paul, in the midst of all his trials and life and revelation, needed sufficient grace.  He had seen things people just don't see.  But there was a cost involved since most people with such grand revelations also get grand egos.  So Paul prayed.  He prayed and prayed and prayed.  Three times he asked God specifically to remove it (probably with fasting in a season of prayer is what he meant by "three times").  Three times God didn't answer his prayer.

But on the third time, more revelation:  My grace is sufficient for you.

Paul had a great problem.  God had greater grace.

I'm leaning on that today.  We're facing a long stretch of weeks, starting with surgery for our oldest on Wednesday.  That surgery could yield great progress and we're holding on to the promise that God still heals (through medicine and miracles and medicine that is miraculous).  We're holding on to some specific words that God has given us.  We're being held by a God who never lets go, as we sang with the church yesterday.  We know that God will never, no never, no never forsake us (again, from singing with the saints yesterday).

And we're being held by sufficient grace.  Amen.

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