‘…My grace is sufficient for you…’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
One of the classic stories of adversity in the Bible is about Joseph. At the beginning of his life he is the favourite son, envied by his brothers, with dreams of having everybody bow down to him. Then he’s sold by his brothers and ends up serving as a slave in Potiphar’s house. He loses his home, his culture, his security and his status as favourite son. What does Joseph have left? He is in a strange bed, in a strange house, in a strange land, with no friends, no prospects and no explanation. But he has one gift – one that makes all the difference. ‘The Lord was with Joseph…’ (Genesis 39:2 NIV) What happens when you lose everything but God, then find out that God is enough? You experience His presence in a way you never did before! Paul writes: ‘…Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? …No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.’ (Romans 8:35-37 NLT) God wasn’t at work producing the circumstances Joseph wanted; He was at work in bad circumstances producing the Joseph that God wanted. Just as a diamond is formed from common carbon placed under pressure of over a million tonnes per square metre – so the character of Christ is formed in you by adverse circumstances. So: Will you hold up or fold up? When Paul thought he couldn’t stand any more, God told him, ‘…My grace is sufficient for you…’ And do you know what? His grace is sufficient for you too.
SoulFood: Heb 11:8-12, Gen 17:1-27, Gen 22:1-18, James 2:21-24
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