The following is an excerpt from Cyndy Sherwood’s devotional, Healing Words.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a
“I have hung my hope on this truth more times than I can count. When I was remembering the horrible abuse of my childhood, his grace was sufficient. Later, when my step-daughter took her life, his grace was sufficient. When my husband had no work, his grace was sufficient.
It is in the hard times we can most easily see his unlimited resources and his tender heart toward us. He delights in taking care of us during adversity. It also gives God pleasure to do great things through unlikely people. When he accomplishes his work through weak people it reveals his unlimited power.”
Cyndy goes on to talk about grace as “a dynamic expression of the divine personality, rather than as a static attribute of God’s nature,” which is The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible’s definition of grace. Cyndy believes that when God transfers His power into our lives, then, we get a glimpse of His grace as it was meant to operate in our world. “When God is working in and through us,” she says, “that is His grace.”
I love Cyndy’s description of grace in her devotional. It speaks to partnership, and intimacy, and the give-and-take that accompanies demonstrations of God’s grace in my life.
We give our weakness to God and He fills us with His power!
Today, if you’re facing a lion, a bear, or a shadow of fear…so that you’re not sure whether you can finish what God’s given you to do or not, won’t you reach out to Him and ask for a little grace to get you through?
He’s a good, good father, and he love, love, love, loves his kids. Today, let’s trust God a little bit more in our weakness.
What do you think about grace? How do you define grace in your life?