“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”
“I’m not sure I can handle what they are going through.” This is the common statement many people make who see someone suffering in life. We see someone dealing with cancer, or someone having to endure an obnoxious spouse, or children having to live in a home with parents who don’t care for them, and we wonder how we could make it if we were facing what they are facing.
The answer to this question is found in the verse above. God says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” The answer is that God gives grace in a measured form to the believer when they need it. When a lady is cooking something, and the recipe calls for three cups of flour, the flour she puts into the mixing bowl is not all the flour she could use, but it is the flour she needs for the recipe. Likewise, God measures out of His supply of grace to the believer the grace they need to make it through their situation. My friend, this is a wonderful promise that God gives. So, what does that mean you should do when you see adverse situations or are going through adversity?
First, realize that you are not going through what others are going through; therefore, stop worrying about going through it. Stop wasting mental energy on worrying about something that you are not going through. That mental energy could be used to do something for God, but when you worry, you are wasting energy worrying about something that is not reality to your life.
Second, realize that God has sufficient need for your need. When God measures out His grace for your need, understand that He has plenty more grace to measure out when you need it. God’s grace is not limited to one day’s situation, but He has an unlimited supply of grace to dispense when your situation deems you need it.
Third, realize that you have the grace you need for today. God gives you the grace you need for the moment. The fact that you are reading this devotional is proof that God has given the grace you need for today. You can make it through whatever you are facing because God has given you enough grace to make it through today. You don’t need to worry about tomorrow’s grace; you just need to know that you can make it today because God has given you grace for today.
Fourth, stop worrying about what you would do if something happened to you. You don’t need tomorrow’s grace today, so stop worrying about the need for tomorrow’s grace and make it through today with today’s grace. If what you see someone else going through happens to you, you can be assured that God will give you the grace you need just like He has given them the grace they need. Seeing others endure the hard times is God’s reminder that He keeps His promise of giving the grace we need for today.
Fifth, live in today’s grace. The only reason you are not making it through your trial is because you are trying to live on tomorrow’s grace that has yet to be measured out instead of living in today’s grace. Take the grace that God has measured out to you and live. Take today’s grace and serve God. You will find that you have the grace to make it through your problems if you choose to live in the grace that God knows you need and has given you the grace for today.