When you’re going through a severe trial you need help … you need what the Bible refers to as “grace!” Grace is more than just “God’s unmerited favor,” as it is sometimes called. (That designation is accurate, but it is a description that focuses on the undeserved nature of “grace.”) Grace is the wonderfully adequate (even abundant) provision of God to people in need! Grace is just what is needed in time of need!
This morning, during “coffee with the Lord,” I read Peter’s closing words to fellow Christians that were going through a time of “fiery trial” – persecution for their faith. He told them, “I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this (his message to them) is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!” (1 Peter 5:12) In just the verses preceding, after he had given them some guidance about how to behave in the midst of suffering, trial and persecution, he encouraged them by saying, “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you!” (5:10)
Wow! What a promise! More than undeserved… Adequate grace! Abundant grace! The very kind another apostle wrote about when he was going through a severe trial… Paul. He described a trail so severe that he begged the Lord several times to remove it. But the Lord told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!” (read his account of it in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
So hey, if you’re going through a severe trial right now, depend on it… God’s provision is going to be adequate… more than that; abundant! When trials come, so does grace! When weakness is felt, a believer supernaturally experiences strength! It may come as a miracle of deliverance or it may come as incredible sustaining strength for perseverance! But God’s grace will be what will take you through. Don’t know what I may face today… but I’m depending on it “His grace is sufficient!” His grace will “restore, confirm, strengthen and establish” me! I’m going to “stand firm in it!” How about you?