When Life Hurts
2 Corinthians 12:9
Have you ever hurt so bad that you felt like your heart would burst inside? The pain you were experiencing was overwhelming and there seemed to be no end in sight? A Christian’s life is not excluded from perplexing circumstances that are uncomfortable or even painful. If you read the story of Paul, you will see that the events of his life were filled with distressing and traumatic trials.
Without experiencing the agonizing days of being shipwrecked, beaten, once stoned, and afflicted with a thorn in the flesh ( 2 Corinthians 11:25; 12:7-8), how could he ever write, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Paul realized that the power to fully endure such adverse situations came only through the power of God. How else could he rejoice in prison and be able to sing praises to God in the midst of such hostile and unfavorable times.
You too, have His unsearchable grace that enables you to endure life when it hurts so bad. His “grace is sufficient for you” means, it is enough, and is necessary to be able to go through the hard times of life. His grace enables you to forgive those who have wounded you beyond what you thought you could ever endure. And, His grace gives you the assurance, “that all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). Knowing that His grace is “sufficient” is essential in the life of a Christian. When you realize that His divine grace is one of His richest attributes, then His power to endure rests upon you. Paul wrote that he could have the strength to withstand all things “through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Lord, through You I know I can endure all things, even when life hurts so bad.