19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
When we are in a difficult situation, it is a natural human response to say “it’s too hard” and look for a way out. However, God promises that He will provide what we need – physically, emotionally, spiritually – commensurate to every situation, enabling us to walk the difficult road when needed. This provision and enabling is called “grace”.
[Note: there are times when the correct action is to “avoid” narcissists – this blog post refers specifically to situations when God-given commitments and responsibilities prevent us from being able to avoid the situation].
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
Grace has been defined in various ways. The most encompassing way of understanding it is that grace is God’s free and abundant supply of everything we as humans need. This supply begins with life itself, continues with everything needed for sustaining life, and extends to the ultimate solution for our separation from God. It also includes God’s inner influence and empowerment which woos us to Him and imparts the desire and strength to endure trial and resist temptation.
Grace flows from His love for us, even when we do not deserve it (“unmerited favor”). It is a free unearned gift from God whenever it is given, it comes through Jesus by faith, and it is so great that it should result in us joyfully thanking the Lord for it’s provision. It will find it’s fulfillment in our being infinitely blessed by Him for eternity. While God’s goodness provides “common grace” (e.g. – sunshine, etc.) to everyone, there are only two requirements for receiving His specific provision (grace) for specific situations we face in life – faith and humility.
Digging deeper into this river of God’s supply called grace……. Continue reading