The Sufficiency of Grace
James Smith, 1842
"My grace is sufficient for you; for my strength is made perfect in weakness!" 2 Corinthians 12:9
The grace of Jesus fixed on a sinner — is the cause of all His communications to that sinner. He gives grace to us, because we have found favor in His eyes. He who has once realized the power, sweetness, and glory of divine grace, is always desirous of enjoying more of it. Grace has supplied all the needs of the Lord's family in every age.
"What shall I do?" cries the distressed and bewildered soul. Do? Look to Jesus. He has a fullness of grace, and His grace is sufficient for you — sufficient to enable you to bear your afflictions with patience; to rejoice in the midst of the furnace; and to cry out, "In all these things I am more than a conqueror, through Him that loved me."
Remember His marvelous works that He has done; His
wonders, and the judgments of His mouth. He has ever been the strength of
the poor, and the strength of the needy in his distress. His grace will . .
pardon your sins;
rectify your mistakes;
control your enemies;
justify your person;
sanctify your soul, and
supply all your needs.
He is gracious. He has abundance of grace. He will
give grace. Fear not, you may feel weak, unworthy, and question your
right to the grace of Jesus; but remember, grace is always free. "Not for
your sakes, do I this, O house of Israel — but for my holy name's sake. I
will not give my glory to another." Jesus gets glory by . . .
relieving the poor,
befriending the unworthy,
filling the empty,
strengthening the weak, and
leading the lame to take the prey.
He asserts His right, "May I not do as I will with my own?" He displays His authority, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious." He manifests His benevolence, "Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind." He gets glory, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us — but unto your name give glory, for your mercy, and for your truth's sake. Our God is in the heavens; he has done whatever He has pleased."
The grace of Jesus is for whoever will; if you have a willing mind — then you are the very person for whom grace was treasured up in Jesus; and upon you it will be bestowed. This one scripture is enough to carry you safely through time, and to land you in eternal glory. It is for your consolation and salvation; claim it as God's free gift; plead it as your warrant to expect a supply of every good thing; and trust it, with all possible confidence — for you cannot be deceived. You have a thorn in your flesh as Paul had — and you have the same promise from the same faithful God. The thorn and the promise go together in God's dispensations; do not attempt to separate them; but go to the Lord as the Psalmist, "Remember the word unto your servant; upon which you have caused me to hope."
I hear my Lord, my Savior say,
Strength shall be equal to your day;
Now I rejoice in deep distress,
Leaning on all sufficient grace.
I glory in infirmity,
That Christ's own power may rest on me;
When I am weak, then I am strong,
Grace is my shield, and Christ my song.
I can do all things, or can bear
All sufferings, if my Lord be there;
Sweet pleasures mingle with the pains,
While His strong arm, my heart sustains.