When things are going along smoothly, we tend to focus on, even trust in, the things we enjoy. However, when life takes a downturn, there it is—grace. No one accidentally stumbles upon grace. Rather, God uses the circumstances in our lives, and often the difficulties specifically, to point us to Him.
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
When the pressure is on, what’s inside comes out. Just like a tube of toothpaste, right? God certainly demonstrates His goodness by allowing us to experience good times. It’s perfectly appropriate to savor the sweetness of those moments. However, God’s grace is more thoroughly evident to us and, perhaps more importantly, through us as we live obediently amid struggles.
When Paul experienced his “thorn,” he repeatedly asked God to remove it. But when God didn’t, Paul embraced his trouble as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace. Today, let’s remember that although the flesh says pursue any measure necessary to avoid pain, the Spirit says to rely on God’s grace to live well no matter the circumstance.
- As you meditate on these ideas, for yourself as well as for students, how is God speaking to you about the ways you respond to difficulty?
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