While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:6-7 NIV
We’ve heard it before. Jesus came into the world, born in a stable, was wrapped in strips of cloth, and placed in a trough – something used for the feeding of animals.
Not exactly the ideal situation for the birth of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Savior of all mankind. But this was the time God chose. A time spent in humble surroundings, with make-shift supplies, unheralded sufficiency.
It was enough.
It was about power becoming known in weakness.
It was a time for sufficient grace.
Years later, the apostle Paul spoke of the sufficient grace of God in his life:
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV
We want everything perfect and posh. We avoid weakness and difficult circumstances. We think something’s terribly wrong in our lives when things don’t work out according to plan. But maybe, just maybe that’s exactly how God planned it. A time for grace, for God’s sufficiency in any circumstance.
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:30 NIV
Has the time come for you to rest in the sufficient grace of God?