All Sufficient Grace
by G. Campbell Morgan
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. — 2 Corinthians 12:9
"What was it that turned this man's dirge into a song? What was it that changed this man from a good man praying to be delivered from pain into a man singing a song of gladness because he suffered pain?" asks G. Campbell Morgan.
Here is the answer. "He hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee."
Grace exists before it becomes a favor given to anyone. Grace is the fact of the heart of God. . . It is essentially the truth concerning God. He is the God of all grace. . . Grace means that which gives pleasure to God, the thing that delights Him . . . .
"My grace is sufficient. . . " If a man be where God loves to have Him, he is in the place of power even though at the moment it should be the place of pain. . . . Every pain that comes to me is a part of His economy, and therefore it is precious pain. . . Until he saw that the pain came from his Father he prayed, naturally and rightly and beautifully, that it might be removed; but when God had spoken in his soul, and he came to understand that the pain also was part of the Divine provision, he sang in the midst of it, he triumphed over it, he rejoiced in it;. He made the very suffering the reason for song. . . The joy of the Lord, the thing that satisfies Him, is for me the place of my strength whether it be pleasant or painful, rough or smooth, dark or light. Whatever His will appoints is manifestation of His grace. . . Consequently, there should be no anxiety in the life of trusting souls other than that of finding out where God would have us be. . . .
God's grace may be a thorn. It may not. It may be cloud. It may be sunshine. It may be a rough pathway. It may be a smooth pathway. It may be through a sea tempest tossed, or it may be by the still waters and through green pastures. The thing we are taught by this word is that the fact that it is His grace is sufficient. I am to rest in His provision, to rest in what He appoints for me, to sing my song, not because I am free from pain, but because He wills that I should be free from pain. . . The reason for man's gladness must be that he is where God would have him be. Delight in your circumstances and they will soon change and your delight will vanish. Delight in the will of God and the darkest day cannot shut out the light from your life.
Somewhere . . . there is a broken, bruised soul. Have you . . . been crying out that God would deliver you from this pain? May God help you to learn the deeper lesson. Do not think the preacher is telling you he has learned it. I do not know that I have, but I am praying God to teach it to me.
God's fires never harm God's saints. They purify the saints. . . "My grace is sufficient." What His will appoints is best. (G. Campbell Morgan, The Westminster Pulpit, Vol. II, pp. 196-203).
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. . . . And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen (Philippians 4:13, 19-20).