As I write this, a pastor from my church has just suffered the tragic loss of his 19-year-old son. An 84-year-old friend just died of COVID-19. Another friend is in ICU with COVID, and her children are being asked to consider discontinuing life support. Other friends are enduring long, painful recovery from COVID or other illness, some have lost jobs due to the pandemic. Overall, the last several months have been awful for a lot of us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Any time tragedy, illness or other hardships come into our lives we have two choices: we can become bitter, or we can come out of it better. What makes the difference? The answer lies in the verse quoted above: God’s grace is sufficient.
In his book The Beatitudes: Growing in Kingdom Character, Gregory Brown explains why God allows trials to come into our lives. He says,
“Trials humble us and show us that we are not our own masters. We are not strong enough, smart enough, or wealthy enough. We continue to need God’s grace. Through trials, God trains us to call out, ‘Abba Father!’ This is what happened with Paul, as he endured a thorn in his flesh.”
I don’t know what you are going through right now. I do know the same God who walked beside the apostle Paul, the same God who is walking beside Pastor Danny’s family, the same God who is in ICU with Dianne, the same God who was in the fiery furnace and the lion’s den is walking beside you. And His grace is sufficient to help you endure anything. Anything.
Place your worries and your cares in His hands. He is able to carry them for you and help you through.
 Gregory Brown, The Beatitudes: Growing in Kingdom Character (The Bible Teacher’s Guide Book 16) (BTG Publishing. Kindle Edition), p. 24.