Daily Devotional

2 Corinthians 12:9

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

A decorative plaque resides on my piano that says, “My grace is sufficient for you.”  I have walked by this and glanced at the words a million times.  Today I stop! My attention is riveted to the words. Today I stop because I need this! Someone who is very dear to me is struggling with a health crisis. Locating my precious Bible, I open it up to the passage and sink into a comfy chair. I have the impression something important is happening. My thoughts are directed to the verse.

“My Grace”:    The giver of this grace is mighty God. He is the source of all power, strength.
                         My heart confirms that I am the opposite…I am very weak.

“Is Sufficient”: God’s grace is enough, it is complete, it is full, it is all I need.
                        My heart confirms that I am insufficient.  My power is nothing, limp, empty.
I can try and fool myself and everyone else that I have the power to help people…but it is a lie. I am insufficient.

“For you”:        God is reaching out to me.  He is focusing on my need.
My heart confirms that as a child, I say, “Me do it!”.
God reaches out to me anyways.

“for my power is made perfect in weakness”:
My absolute weakness gives God an opportunity to reveal His Glory. What a beautiful contrast—my weakness vs God’s power.
My heart confirms: I accept His grace, His power. I am so in love with my God. 
My desire is to allow Him to use my weakness to Glorify Him!

I snuggle down in the chair. Yes, I am weak. But, He is powerful! Through His power I can serve those I love. AMEN

FOR PARENTS:
  • Help your kids memorize 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Teach them the meaning of the words, Grace, Sufficient.
  • Have a contest of strength with your kids.  A game that you can use to compare your kids’ strength with yours.  i.e. Sit-ups, pull-ups, arm-wrestle.
  • Teach them you may be stronger than them—remember God is stronger than anyone!
  • Have a contest that involves lifting.  When your kids struggle to lift it, you come alongside and help lift.  Connect this illustration to the verse.  God wants to help us lift the problem!   
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