The Barrier of Grace
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Have you ever seen a picture of an old castle or fortification? Generally, there is an outside wall or barrier that serves as the first defense against attackers.
In 2 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul wrote about God’s grace. He called God's grace, the strength of God, and mentioned that it is sufficient. The word sufficient means a raised barrier. God’s grace acts as a barrier between you and anything you don’t have the personal ability to defeat. That’s why Paul wrote that his strength was made perfect in weakness. He understood that his infirmities allowed him to rely on God’s strength and the power (God’s grace) of Christ (the Anointing). He said he took pleasure in his infirmities.
The phrase ‘to take pleasure in’ means to think well. What was Paul saying? He was explaining that he preferred his difficulties because the power of the anointing of God upon him was more valuable than anything he could do on his own.
You may find that God placed you in a situation beyond your ability to control or understand. The good news is that God will use His grace as a barrier to protect you against things you are aware of as well as those you aren't. In the same way that thick walls protected old castles, God's grace protects you!
Practical Application – When you don’t understand what to do next, just thank God for His grace. His grace is a barrier that will protect and help you overcome things you see and things you don’t.
Romans 5:2; Romans 15:15