“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'” –2 Corinthians 12:9a
We all mess things up occasionally, right? I don’t know about you, but I am my hardest critic (which can be a blessing and a curse!). If I do something, I usually don’t want to “just get by.” I want to thrive, to nail it.
Well, that includes many things for me- from piano to soccer… to driving! The other day, I was turning out of a church parking lot where my siblings and I had just wrapped up helping with VBS for the morning. I turned my blinker on and looked up and down the street to see if there was any traffic coming. All clear. I checked again. Finally, seeing nothing, I slowly pressed the accelerator and began to ease out into the road. But as is my habit, I checked a third time. And wouldn’t you know…a truck (that had been blocked from view by the trees on the edge of the road) was right around the corner! I hit my brakes, allowed the truck to pass, and resumed the drive home.
Even though the situation wasn’t particularly dangerous, I was fuming at myself. How could I let that happen? Sure, I had stopped in time. Sure, it wasn’t due to any specific driver error on my part since he had been blocked from my view. But that didn’t change anything for me. I demanded more of myself next time.
And in that instant of talking to myself, saying that I needed to be perfect, God brought His Word to my mind. He quietly said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Boom. That immediately shut off the perfectionist lecture I was giving to myself!
Sufficient…His grace is enough for me, for you. Enough. Just think about that for a moment. What do you think of when you think of “enough?” I think of it as covering whatever needs to be covered, no matter how much or how little. God’s grace is unmerited favor…it is getting what we don’t deserve. By Jesus’ death on the cross, God made a way for us to be with Him forever. That’s grace. It covers your sins if you believe in Jesus. It is sufficient, it is enough to make you right with God.
If you are a believer, His grace is covering you. It is sufficient and covers the times you make mistakes. We don’t always realize it, but His grace his acting on us every day in many ways. Just like in my driving situation, He shows us His grace that is sufficient to make right what we’ve made errors on. He is God, and He is in control. He picks up where we leave off.
He said, “My grace is sufficient.” In other words, “I’ve got you.“