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but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10

We have had enough.

  • We have had enough of COVID and its effects of God’s people.
  • We have had enough of polarization and divisiveness.
  • We have had enough of racism and the way it marginalizes and dehumanizes.
  • We have had enough of not knowing what to do next, or of how to do ministry in the world in which we live.

We are tired of all these things, and we’ve had enough. We feel weak and insufficient to face the challenges that lie in front of us.

And yet, here we are. We feel called to serve God through Christ’s church, and we are looking for wisdom, direction, and guidance. We cling to God’s promises, desperate for reassurance and hope.

Three times, the apostle Paul asked God to remove the “thorn” that was causing him pain.

God’s response to Paul? “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Grace is enough. Yes. Grace is enough.

God is reminding Paul (and all who follow Jesus) that we worship a God not of scarcity, but of abundance. God gives enough, and more than enough. And God reminds us that we are dependent on God’s abundance for our ministry, and for our very lives. When we acknowledge and let go of our weakness, our need to own and control, and we trust in God, we can then recognize God’s love for us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

  • Enough is the garden of creation, given for God’s people.
  • Enough is manna from heaven to feed God’s people on their 40-year journey.
  • Enough is baskets overflowing with bread and fish.
  • Enough is being lowered on a stretcher through a roof, just to be in Jesus’ presence.
  • Enough is the bread and the wine of the last supper.
  • Enough is a room of followers, filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Enough is the empty tomb.

God gives enough. More than enough.

In these days of uncertainty and trouble, we are reminded of God’s promise that grace is sufficient, and that God provides…enough.

We trust in that promise.

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