|MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU by Pastor Greg Laurie
Category: Bible Study Devotionals
1 Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. 2 You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? 3 Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:1-3
When Paul was at sea on his way to Rome and the mighty tempest hit him and the others on board, he was able to courageously encourage others. He told them, "But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me" (Acts 27:22-23).
How was Paul able to be so confident? He was conscious of the presence of God in the face of danger. He knew that God was there with him. And God is with us in our storms as well. God will always give us what we need when we need it.
You remember that Paul had what he called his "thorn given to me in the flesh," which was presumably some kind of physical disability or illness. He asked the Lord three times to remove it (see 2 Corinthians 12).
God's answer was, "My grace is sufficient for you" (2 Corinthians 12:9), which is another way of saying, "I will be with you, Paul. Instead of a healing, I will personally be there in a special and sufficient way."
God is with you right now, regardless of the storm or even the shipwreck. We may not hear an audible voice, but you may hear that "still small voice" of God's Holy Spirit. Or He will speak to you through His Word. Then you, like Paul, can reassure others that "the Lord is in control." Time and time again, God reminded Paul of His presence.
He was there when Paul was in jail in Jerusalem, as Jesus told him to be courageous (Acts 23:11). It happened in 2 Timothy 4:16-17 when Paul said, "At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side." And it happened here in Acts 27, in the midst of the storm.
You can take heart in the face of danger or uncertainty because you are aware of God's presence with you. When your boss says, "I'm really sorry, but I'm going to have to let you go!" Or when the doctor says, "The test results are back and I need you to come in." Or when the telephone rings and someone says, "There's been an accident."
You are not alone. The Lord is standing next to you. He cares. Jesus said, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
prayer: LORD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STANDING BY ME THROUGH ALL MY TRIALS. YOUR PRESENCE GIVES ME THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE. THANK YOU THAT YOUR WORD AND HOLY SPIRIT GIVE ME GUIDANCE AND COMFORT TO WITHSTAND DIFFICULT TIMES. I PRAY THIS IN THE ASSURANCE OF CHRIST. AMEN.
· Am I conscious of God's presence in my trials? Do I let my fears control me in trials or let Jesus lead me?
· Do I listen to God through His Word and gain His comfort?