My 3 year old, Logan, loves Veggie Tales. Every time we get in the car to go somewhere its, “I wanna listen to Bob the Tomato grace is enough!”. They have a praise CD that we listen to quite a bit, and one of the songs Logan always requests is “Your Grace is Enough” by Chris Tomlin. It’s a great song that talks about God’s unmerited favor to us and how nothing can separate us from His love.
But I’d like to look at this phrase “your grace is enough” from a different angle. Most times we think of this as meaning that God’s grace is enough to save us, there is nothing we need do to earn our salvation. So we know that God’s grace is enough for God, but the question I would like to ask is this: Is God’s grace enough for you ? Or do you think that you are entitled to more? Read II Corinthians and see if you can follow my train of thought here. This is the account where Paul pleaded with God to remove his thorn in the flesh: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
You know, that’s something that just doesn’t make sense to a finite human being like me. I don’t know what exactly Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, but don’t you think Paul could have been even more effective as a missionary and evangelist if he didn’t have to deal with this? From man’s viewpoint it seems as though he would have. And yet God chose not to remove it, even though Paul pleaded with Him three times.
And not only do I find myself expecting God to remove my infirmities, but sometimes I also think that He needs to remove the consequences for my sin as well. Now God’s grace has freed me from eternal damnation, the ultimate penalty for our sin. But is it reasonable to think that I am entitled to be removed from the consequences of a past sin while here on earth? The Bible is clear on this, read Galations 6:7: Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. I believe that there are times in our life where the consequences of a bad choice we’ve made lives on even though grace has been extended and received. Despite the forgiveness of God and others, the consequences must still be dealt with.
We’ve probably all heard the questions, why does God choose to heal some people but not others? And why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t know the answers to these questions. The only explanation I can come up with is that we live in a fallen, messed up world. It doesn’t seem fair that some people get all the breaks and some go through trial after trial. But we need to remember that sometimes God chooses to reveal these answers and sometimes we just won’t know why this side of Heaven. Keep in mind that we are only looking in a dirty mirror, but one day we will see God face to face and see things clearly.
But in the meantime, God has given us this awesome promise: My grace is sufficient for you! God’s grace truly is enough and consequences that we may suffer because of sin are NOT a sign of a lack of grace. God really does promise to carry our burden and walk with us no matter what we are struggling with. Don’t be angry at God if you are still dealing with consequences from your “old man life” or if trials in life have you down. Praise Him in this storm and try to see these things as an opportunity to bring glory to God!