“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”2 Corinthians 12:9
It has been a rough couple of weeks at work, and I at times felt overwhelmed and stressed. I guess I never really thought about stress, as I was raised to just deal with it, find a way and move on to the next thing. Every job brings about some sort of stress as there is pressure to perform and there is also internal pressure to perform on a high level. My parents did not name me Soso, so I try my best to not be so-so. I was speaking to a director who saw the stress on my face and asked how I was doing. I gave him a simple, “I am doing fine” answer, but he pressed me for more as he knew that was simply not true. He was aware of the challenges we were all facing, and he encouraged me to hang in there. He told of the stresses of the job, and I replied to him that it is more stressful to not have a job, so I will gladly take these stresses over having no food to eat. He sent me a message later that evening and told me he was proud of me as he was my first director I ever had. He had seen me grow up in the company and his comment meant a lot and put me at ease.
We face many things in life involving our jobs, family, and other personal challenges that come from day to day. Life is not easy, but it is easier to live life with God than it is to live without Him. The oldest book in the Bible speaks of a man who lost everything from his children, to his health and his wealth. He came to know who God was, and although he lived a righteous life, he came to know that God was the only righteous One. The book of Job laid out the blueprint for what we must do when we face life’s battles and struggles. It is guaranteed that we will face struggles and hardships in life, but we are not without hope. We have someone who walked in our shoes and dealt with all things we will ever deal with. There are some who deal with physical difficulties and others who face emotional difficulties and some who deal with both. Truth be told, we all face a common enemy who is bent on destroying lives and strives to do so at all cost.
I imagine we have all said from one time or another that if we had this or that or if we did not have to deal with _____, then our lives would be better. If we only had a lot of money or the perfect job we would have no worries and life would be a piece of cake. We have acted foolishly in thinking that something outside of God would brings us satisfaction and would solve our problems. If you look at the world, some of the most miserable people are those who have a lot of money. Money is not sufficient as the Bible tells us that money has wings and flies away. When we look outside of God for our help, we will always be sorely disappointed.
Paul faced a thorn in the flesh for which he sought relief from God three times, but God reminded him that His grace was sufficient. He taught him to rejoice in his weaknesses and struggles as the power of God would show through this weakness. When we are reduced, God gets the glory, and He is able to show us our great need of Him in our lives. We will face trials and tribulations in our lives, but we must never forget that His grace is sufficient in all of those things. He is enough and His divine help (grace) will never run out and is applicable in all situations. I am thankful for God’s grace as He is my only source of help in the stressful situations of life and in the challenges that I sometimes ask Him to take away from me. God allows things in our lives for His honor and glory, and we best learn of His grace in times of adversity.
Are you fighting life on your own? How is it going for you? Are you struggling with the stresses of life? Are you struggling with a family member or living in pain? Have you asked God for help? Have you learned of His grace? Have you come to know of His amazing grace? His grace that saved you is the same grace that will aid you in the battles of life. May we sing “Amazing Grace” to our King, and may we not be ashamed to let the tears flow as we praise Him for His all-sufficient grace.