Corrie Ten Boom was a prisoner in a concentration camp in Ravensbruk. When she had been a little girl she had wondered if she would be strong enough to suffer for Jesus’ sake so her dad taught her a lesson, he said to her: ‘when we get on a train, at what point do I give you your ticket?’. Corrie would reply ‘just before we got on the train’. Her father would respond: ‘That’s right, I gave it to you when you needed it and not before. So it is with God….when you are called upon to suffer…He will supply the strength you need just in time.”
It was an important lesson for her to learn and a great one for each of us to learn. The apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh, we don’t know exactly what the thorn was, but it was some form of fairly intense suffering. He pleaded with the Lord to take it away, but was told “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Isn’t it good to know God’s grace is sufficient? The challenge is to trust that it will be sufficient when we need it, and not to worry about tomorrow’s problems today! I wish you all a very happy Christmas and pray that throughout the season you will know his sufficient grace.