Abounding Grace


From Pastor’s Desk: 8-28-16

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

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An encouraging thought came to me when I read this verse.

Seeing our lives from His perspective, He knows what is coming before we do, therefore the grace that we will need for the up-coming situation is all measured and ready to be served when the occasion arises.

Since we experience situations that come suddenly “from nowhere” and blind-side us, this is comforting to me. When, with no warning, you are standing smack-dab in the middle of something you could not imagine would happen, that grace is immediately available. Not only available, it is more than sufficient for the situation. Prior to today’s verse, Paul wrote, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT).

How can that be? Because of God’s amazing, sustaining grace that abounds to us “…so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

The word Paul uses for abound is περισσεύω perisseuō (per-is-syoo’-o), which is, to super-abound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (transitively) to cause to super-abound or excel…

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 he writes about his “Thorn in the flesh” from which he had asked God three times to deliver him. The Lord tells him that His grace is sufficient and God’s power works best in his weakness.

The word “sufficient” is, in the Greek, ἀρκέω arkeō (ar-keh’-o). It connotes the idea of raising a barrier; properly to ward off, that is, (by implication) to avail (figuratively be satisfactory)…

So when those unexpected, tumultuous times appear suddenly from “nowhere” (of course, we know where), know that God’s grace, measured out before-hand according to the situation, is more than enough to keep you standing strong.

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