Christ’s Sufficiency of Grace
"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.' Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
This is a verse we have recited to ourselves countless times. “His grace is sufficient,” I tell myself repeatedly, and no doubt you have done the same. Is this text, Paul is telling the readers about the thorn in his flesh that was given to him, and he pleaded with God to take it away. For whatever reason, Paul didn’t choose to elaborate on what that thorn was, but whatever it was, God did not remove it from him. Instead, God continually supplied Paul with the grace and power to endure it, while he gladly boasted about this weakness.
Just as we must face our own sinfulness and depravity to know we are in desperate need of a Savior to save us and present us righteous before a Holy God, we must admit our insufficiencies and weaknesses, so Christ’s power is perfected in those insufficiencies and weaknesses. They must become apparent, so in humility, we confess them to the Lord, and we can then go to Christ to strengthen us inwardly by His Spirit, to receive power and grace from Him to endure.
Too often we are presented with the “I am woman - hear me roar; I am strong” culture that puffs us up and tells us, as women, we can do anything, be anyone we want to be, and achieve all we dream of. I don’t know about you, but that is putting sufficiency in myself – of what I can do and do alone. If I could do anything I wanted and be all I wanted to be, I would not be a woman who is in desperate need of Christ, His strength, and His grace. I don’t take pleasure in my weaknesses because they can be painful and hard, as I am sure they are for all of us, but I do admit them and confess them to the Lord and then rejoice in the power that is revealed through them by Christ.
Let’s be satisfied with His grace. Let’s gladly boast of our weaknesses, as Paul did. Let’s admit our insufficiencies, so we can rest in Christ’s sufficiency. Through the Holy Spirit, His power resides in us.
Lord, I am weak and am in desperate need of You. Your grace is sufficient. You are sufficient! Help me not to rely on my own sufficiency, which lacks in every possible way. Your power is made perfect in my weakness, and because of this, I will continue to boast in my weaknesses. Thank you, Father, for supplying the grace to endure. Amen.
Rest in His grace, sisters. Rejoice in the sufficiency of that grace in your weaknesses, no matter what they are.
About the Author
Kelly Smith is one of our devotional writers and also a writer for Women’s Hope Project. Kelly is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She works full time as a virtual business manager. Her hobbies include writing and baking. Kelly has a passion for studying the Word of God, doctrine, theology, and sharing what she learns with women around her. Kelly lives in Florence, Alabama, with her husband of 15 years and her rescued fur babies!