Thankful: God’s grace is sufficient

But (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:10

Today, I am incredibly grateful that God’s grace is sufficient for me.

I am a broken person, often trying in my own power to tape the cracks of my life together. I struggle under the weight of others’ expectations. I get involved in situations that I don’t belong, and press change faster than it’s ready to unfold. I want everyone to be happy and to like me, and try desperately to cover the hurt when people aren’t and don’t. I battle pride and laziness daily. I yell. Loneliness sometimes gets the best of me.

I am weak.

Yet, God calls to my heart, whispers to my soul, “My grace is enough for you.”

My sin can’t outrun grace. It is impossible to heap my shortcomings and failures, inabilities, hurts, strongholds and frustrations higher than the mountain of God’s merciful kindness and extravagant grace. Each and every time my weakness overwhelms me, God’s grace gently covers. The ways in which I fail are vast, but God’s redemption stretches as far as the east is to the west.

I don’t need grace and. I need grace. It is sufficient. It is enough.

When I struggle, God shows up. His power is manifested in my weakness. God’s grace allows me to get up and begin again. It prompts me to praise and express adoration for my Savior, who never gives up on me.

I may not measure up, but God’s grace will always be enough.

God is not a risk-taker

Risk puts us on the line. As much as we plan and evaluate, there is an unknown factor in every decision we make.

My husband and I dealt with the fear of risk this week, as we tried to determine what would be best for our daughter. She had taken a hard fall, and was exhibiting signs of a concussion. We were scared and worried for her as we waited in the ER, and wanted to make sure she would be OK. We were beyond stressed, and our list of pros and cons over a certain course of action went back and forth. It’s one of the few times, ever, that I’ve seen my husband cry. God calmed our hearts as we prayed, and then made a decision.

The next day as we were all recuperating, incredibly grateful that Lauren was getting back to her normal self, I thought about risk and how the events of the last 24 hours had unfolded. As I spent time thanking God for protecting Lauren and guiding us, I realized this:

God is not a risk-taker.

And, I incorrectly consider God’s grace on my terms.

God doesn’t evaluate situations like I do. God doesn’t get surprised or overwhelmed. God doesn’t base His love and provision on the risk and potential rewards. He sees the beginning, middle and end. God already knows.

So, when God chooses to extend His grace into my life and yours, He doesn’t do it because we deserve it or there will be some payoff in the end. He loves, He forgives, He protects, He provides, He purifies because that is who He is.

This is hard to understand. When evaluating a situation, I am taught to consider risk and if it is worth it. And, when I consider God’s grace in my life, the risk seems to outweigh the reward. I am a sinner. How could Jesus put His life on the line and sacrifice it all, knowing that I will fail him?

God doesn’t have a notebook in heaven with a line down the middle of the page, sketching out the positive and negative results of potential actions. He loves lavishly. He gives generously. His mercy is unending. His victory is sure.

When all I see is risk, I miss God’s grace. God’s love is not a gamble, it is a certainty.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

– Hebrews 14:16