But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
2 Corinthians 12:9
Do you ever get stuck on a word?
Irritated with a lack of understanding, yet intrigued to learn more?
Some words don’t sit well, so we let them bounce around in our heads until we can wrap our minds around them.
During a bible study a few summers ago, I tried to force myself to be okay with the words “enough,” “adequate,” and “sufficient.” My understanding of “enough” was not sufficient for me.
A friend in our small group said, “Our culture promotes the thought that enough is not good enough. We need more or we should have excess.” She continued by saying, “but enough is biblical so it should be good enough for us.”
I decided to study 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, but I paused and asked God for fresh perspective.
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I paused on “sufficient” finding myself wanting more. Sufficient means enough, adequate, or satisfactory.
Examples of heartache and tragedy flooded my mind where “enough” did not seem good enough on the surface.
In the face of loss and suffering, the most faithful and trusting believers would not normally set their hopes on “adequate” healing. Our hearts pray for full and complete healing, fully restored relationships, and we will settle for “enough” only when our dreams seem too big to come true.
I knew even as I was thinking this my perspective was off because I have come to know the character of God. My thoughts were not aligned properly with what I knew to be true.
I know God is generous with His love, provision, and most importantly with the life of His only Son.
When I saw the word “enough” again, God reminded me of the Inheritance study by Beth Moore I studied a few years ago.
Psalm 16:5-6 says, “Lord you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
Our inheritance as believers includes the presence of God.
We get Him!
-The Lord appears to Isaac and says, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Gen 26:23).”
-The Lord says to Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you (Josh 1:5).”
-The Lord encourages Joshua again, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).”
-Jesus spoke to his disciples and said, “’All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).”
God gives us Himself.
God is enough.
Enough is God.
We have His presence. God with us.
We don’t have leftover or borrowed strength. We have God Himself.
Instead of asking ourselves to be okay with a gift of grace or strength we don’t quite understand or trust is enough, we get to know without a doubt we are living out our purpose, our portion with God Himself.
Our doubts fade in His presence, our smiles widen, and God gently guides us to our place in HIStory.
God’s presence and our perspective can change our circumstances into divine opportunities to bring Him glory.