Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

The sufficiency of His grace

 The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you - Deuteronomy 7:22.

One of the frailty of the mortal man, one that makes him very vulnerable to the wiles of the enemy of his soul is down to his impatience, his utter lack of respect for process and schedule. This is seen in everyday life especially the way we treat one another or respond to life events when it appears we are not having things go our way or the way we have envisaged it.

 Even believers are not spared of this malaise, hence the scripture always reminds us of the need for endurance,  patience and perseverance. But because we are caught up in what is declared the jetage, an age where we want things to happen instantly even if it involves bypassing due process,  we easily forget and fail to acknowledge the wisdom behind the instructions which the scripture gives along this line. The truth be told whenever we bypass due process there is a a price to pay, a price so high that it could potentially erode whatever gains we have acquired in our impatience and from the lack of understanding why there is a time, a season and procedure for everything under heaven. Note when it says for everything under heaven, it means that even those in the secular world have an obligation to submit themselves to whatever due process thst is in place.

One of the mistakes that we believers often make,  one which the enemy capitalises upon to rob us of the joy of salvation is when we subscribe to he notion that once we come to faith and receive the promised salvation that the faith exercised in Christ delivers us into, then everything would automatically fall into place. We wrongly believe that all our troubles would immediately become a thing of the past while all our prayer requests will be granted with immediate effect and we would be delivered into everything that is on promise overnight....nothing could be further from the truth than this. Those who teach this error are doing their hearers a great disservice.

The scripture verse for today, reveals to us how God uses his established principle and process to deliver his people into whatever he has promised them, he revealed to them the reason why.In the case of the enemies of Israel, God told them that they would not be driven away all at once, the reason he gave here was that the land would become too big to manage and it would become infested with wild beast that will turn on them to devour them. Another reason which God gave for allowing the enemies to remain was that they would be used to train and to test Israel to see if they would remain committed to the ways of God.In the case of Paul, he was told that the thorns in his flesh would remain in place to keep him from becoming puffed up by the revealation he has come into..it can be said his thorns were left in place so as not to press the self destruct button. 

The truth be told, the problem is not the enemies or the challenges that the Lord has yet to take away, this I say because they do not have the power to overwhelm those who remian committed to the path which God has shown them revealed to them to thread. The truth be told our problem is not from the challenges or threat posed by this arrangement put in place by God to keep us in check...the real issue is our inability to tap freely into the generous offer of grace that is available to see us through this situation. While Paul was busy praying for the thorns to be removed,  God was pointing to him what he needed most..the sufficiency of his grace. We spend so much time worryin and crying for these challenges to be removed and we end up not knowing how to access the grace in all of its sufficiency to see us through. The peace or trehelief we crave for is not in tne challenges being taken away, rather it is found in the grace of God...for God said to Paul