"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: June 24

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee ..." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9a
Who said this? Jesus Christ said it to Paul. And He called it His grace. "My grace is sufficient for thee." Not only in quantity, but in quality. It is the grace of Jesus Christ Himself. And He is "full of grace and truth." All grace has already been given in Him. We do not need to ask for special grace for this or that. In face, we belittle God's great gift when we plead for grace to endure a hardship. All grace has already been given and it is always available to us according to our exact need for it. Grace always flows toward us. We never have to reach for it. It has been given, but God releases it according to His estimate of our need. If He did not, we would always take a little more than we need at the moment and then try to store it up for some future time.

This is impossible. And it is a good thing that it is, because then we would begin to depend on our own storehouses of grace, rather than upon the One who Himself is "full of grace." He wants us totally dependent upon Him. This is the glory of belonging. This is the freedom of belonging. Utter and entire dependence upon Jesus Himself. We cannot store grace. We are given "grace for grace" as we need it. According to His perfect knowledge of our need. And we have His own word for it that there will always be enough.

"... My grace is sufficient for thee ..."

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