Amazing grace for the daily journey
“And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. …” 2 Cor. 12:9
During this recent season of havoc and turmoil all around us in our neighboring states and Puerto Rico, I have been impacted like you, regarding all the news of catastrophic conditions and people in need of medical attention and for every matter that one could imagine that is necessary for a normal journey of life.
Even through my effort to assist by giving a donation or partnering with other organizations to make a difference, the cries for help impact my spirit. All of this was illuminated the much more as I was making a quick trip to Walmart recently to pick up a few items. I was in a hurry and had three items I needed and then back on my busy journey. However, as I quickly gathered the items and headed for the checkout, there were several long lines of customers checking out. I looked and I was passing register number 32, and yes, I counted the open registers and there were only five. Well, in my frustration, I took off for the shortest line and in doing so I bumped into the magazine rack. I looked up and directly in my eyesight was a small book entitled “Simple GRACE” I tried to keep going but my spirit wanted to park in a few minutes to read the headlines.
It read, “Simple GRACE: Your daily dose of hope Love Peace and Joy.” Well, the book landed in my cart and went home with me. However, it was at that moment as I was pondering the plights of some challenging matters and feeling somewhat helpless to fix, it was this simple message from the Holy Scriptures that his “grace” is sufficient for us.
The apostle Paul writes this message in his second letter to the church at Corinth. It is his personal testimony as he was waging a personal battle with an infirmity and the scriptures declare that he sought the Lord three times and this is the answer that came from the Lord.
I submit to you today that you need not bump into the magazine rack to see it on the shelf to be reminded, but rather let it loom in our hearts during these turbulent times. Please know without a doubt that our strength is made perfect in weakness. And yes, it can be our daily dose of hope, love, peace and joy just to know and believe these personal words from the Lord Jesus Christ.
His grace is simple but yet amazing.
James Taylor III is the pastor of the Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.