“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
During the Easter season, perhaps more than at any other time of the year, I’m acutely aware of God’s saving grace, made possible by the events of Good Friday. But the saving grace of the cross is just the beginning of God’s story for us. The grace I’ve recently been encountering, birthed out of his saving grace, is his sufficient grace.
I recently came across the phrase “the grace of God comes through suffering.” God’s saving grace came through the suffering of Christ. In my experience, God’s daily demonstration of his sufficient grace is played out in our suffering. Suffering comes in many forms, but at the very least, we’ve all faced days when our to-do lists were a mile long, we couldn’t seem to please anyone, and it felt like no one was on our side.
I love the New Living Translation version of 2 Corinthians 12:9, which says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
God’s saving grace happened through a series of events—Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection—which we stop to reflect on at Easter. It is his sufficient grace that we are invited to continuously encounter. As we discover that his grace truly is all we need, he brings us to complete dependence on him through our suffering and weakness.