Many of us are Martha’s. We live busy, busy, busy lives. The plate is always full and running over. We stay busy just trying to get it done and what should be service unto the Lord, an act of worship, becomes a burden. We must be careful not to become Martha’s, walking and living in our own strength.
We need to sweat less and pray more. Our God knows this and that is why He has graced us with the great gift of prayer. God understands the struggles and heartache of living this side of glory and so He tells us in Hebrews 4:16, to “… come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” What a blessing – the throne room is always open, we can come boldly and with confidence any time of day or night to Jesus, our Great High Priest and He will grant us mercy and grace.
Out of the fullness of His grace, Jesus tells us not to carry those burdens. Come and cast them on me, my yoke is easy and my burdens is light. Come on in My room. You will find a resting place, a refuge, shelter from the storm, present help in the time trouble. You will find I Am that I Am, everything you need.
Paul gives us his own example in 2 Cor. 12:7-10, Paul speaks about a thorn that he had in his side, his flesh. He says it was a messenger of satan to torment him. This thing bothered him so much that he pleaded with God three times asking the Lord to remove it. But the Lord did not take Paul’s thorn away. The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!”
God’s grace abounds in human weakness. It is when we die to self and surrender to the Lord knowing that all His ways are perfect that we find strength. He is the One who is the lifter of our heads and the keeper of our souls and not we, ourselves. God’s grace gives us the confidence necessary to live victorious lives.
Many a theologian and Bible scholar has spent much time and energy trying to come up with just what was this thorn that bothered Paul. Some say malaria, others his eye sight, even others is height, and on and on. I believe it is right here that we can count another blessing from the fullness of God’s grace.
The truth is we don’t know what Paul’s thorn was, the Bible doesn’t tell us. I believe God wrote it this way on purpose because in His great wisdom and knowledge, He knew that had He revealed to us what Paul’s thorn was, we would miss the complete blessing of this passage. We would say God’s grace is sufficient for that one thing.
I believe God wants us to know that His grace is sufficient for our EVERY need as we walk and live in Him. There is never a shortage of grace. Romans teaches that since He gave His son, what is it that He would not do, where is it that grace will not go?
Life comes with thorns. I don’t know what your thorn might be today; perhaps your health, your finances, your job, your marriage, your children? God says put it here in this verse and know my grace is sufficient. The Lord says today, I know this is bigger than you, My power is made perfect in your weakness. It is when you are weak that you are able to know my strength…“out of My abundance there is one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift upon gift” with your name on it.
There is grace for every trial and tribulation this side of glory,
Jesus says today by faith, receive this truth.
Psalm 84:11 declares, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield:
the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”