Increasingly, Christ followers in Hunan are facing persecution or the threat of persecution. Please pray that as churches across the province are preparing for holiday outreach events, they will make bold decisions to be obedient to Scripture’s commands to share the truth of the gospel with neighbors, friends, family members, and even strangers!
I was encouraged by the truth from 2 Corinthians that even in the face of weakness, persecution, trial or tribulation, God’s grace is sufficient! Amen!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in self and the world. I have never heard anyone say, “The really deep lessons of life have come through times of ease and comfort.”
But I have heard strong saints say, “Every significant advance I have ever made in grasping the depths of God’s love and growing deep with him has come through suffering.”
The pearl of greatest price is the glory of Christ.
Thus, Paul stresses that in our sufferings the glory of Christ’s all-sufficient grace is magnified. If we rely on him in our calamity and he sustains our “rejoicing in hope,” then he is shown to be the all-satisfying God of grace and strength that he is.
If we hold fast to him “when all around our soul gives way,” then we show that he is more to be desired than all we have lost.