adj: equal to what is needed
"My grace is enough; it's all you need..." 2 Cor 12:9 MSG
Are you a list maker like I am? If I made one of my post-it note lists right now of everything I think I need, it would be awfully long. I've got a never-ending list of things I want, too. Keeps me pretty busy, all this worrying about things I don't have.
I tend to try to meet these needs in lots of different places and people. Sometimes I turn to good things and helpful people. But sometimes I turn to not-so-good things, and to people who might just tell me what I want to hear-instead of what is true and right. It's hard. And confusing. Until I remember that God wants me to bring every need to Him.
So I pray. I talk to Him about what I need, what I want, and what I'm worried about. Sometimes I ask Him to take away a problem, a hardship, or a struggle that I can't imagine could ever turn out to be good. I ask Him "why?" about a lot of things-trying to understand when prayers don't get answered the way I think they should. And in many areas of my life, I ask Him to take away my weakness and make me strong.
But then I read more of Paul's message in 2nd Corinthians 9-10:
"My grace is enough, it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become."
So maybe my list needs to be different. Maybe I should make a list of things I am thankful for, including the hard things. Even if I don't understand why they are happening.
Being grateful can change us from needy to content, anxious to calm, weak to strong.
God knows exactly what we need. He sees our gaping holes, and He pours His grace into them-filling them completely. Giving us peace, giving us courage, giving us His kind of strength.
That's His grace. It is ENOUGH. Equal to what is needed. Just exactly the right amount at the right time.
Enough for now.
Enough for this struggle.
Enough for YOU.
Let's invite Him in: What holes are aching to be filled inside your heart? Ask Him for His grace to pour in. Jesus does His best work when we let His strength "move in on" our weakness. When we let Him "take over". He will make us a new kind of strong by giving us enough of Him. Let Him show you what His grace can do when you realize that He is all you need.