When you hear the word weakness and try to put it in the context of the Bible, what’s the first thing you think of?
For me, it is the following two verses:
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT)
This passage is hitting me especially hard this week because there are a few things Joe and I have been struggling with that are completely out of our control.
I remember last week crying out to God, screaming about how angry I was with Him and how I couldn’t understand how He was blessing all these other people around me with this gift that they didn’t even want. I didn’t understand how a Good Good Father would ignore the desperation of His children and choose to hand off a treasure I’d been begging for to someone else.
In times where the reality of knowing there’s nothing we can do is looming over us, the effects can be so crippling our bones can feel it. We don’t know where to turn because either we aren’t sure who to talk to, or there isn’t anyone around who would listen.
Drowning isn’t fun y’all, and trust me, we’ve been feeling it lately! But as I read these verses over and over, the Lord continually reminds me of one characteristic of His love that we hear often: sufficient grace.
Merriam Webster’s definition of the word sufficient is as follows:
suf·fi·cient | \ sə-ˈfi-shənt
Definition of sufficient
1a: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end
b: being a sufficient condition
Check out definition 1a again. God’s grace is enough to meet the needs of your situation.
Friends, do you believe that today? I’ll be honest, there are days where I certainly don’t. My problem feels bigger than my reality and the mountain I thought was a molehill is pushing me into the dirt, rubbing my weakness and failures in my face.
So here’s the real question: what can you do when it all seems too much to handle?
Understand this: His grace is sufficient for when you fail that exam and it drops your grade. It’s sufficient when you start your period, or even when you don’t. It’s sufficient when your loved one passes away and you wonder where the justice is in this world. It’s sufficient on your hardest days, and it’s sufficient for you.
My challenge to you this week is something I’ve put into practice that shatters my fear every time it roars its ugly head.
When your anxiety flairs and your heart rate rises, look your mountain dead in the face. Channel your anger and speak this truth over your fear:
NO! You listen here mountain. My God is BIG. He is POWERFUL. And no matter WHAT you try to do to pull me down, there is NOTHING that my God can’t do. There is NOTHING that is too big for Him. You will NEVER overcome my God. His strength is my shield and you will answer to HIM.
Tell your mountain about your God. It has no choice but to listen.