Does God solve everything in this life now too?

In 2 Peter 1:3 Peter writes that God has “given us everything we need for life and godliness.” God’s already sorted out our salvation and eternal future for us, which is wonderful, but what about life now? We’ve got all sorts of problems now – physical, emotional, family and financial – so does God fix those things for us too?

Well, when Paul had a health problem he wanted God to fix in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8, God’s answer in verse 9 was, “My grace is sufficient for you,” or – as ‘The Message’ translates it – “My grace is enough; it’s all you need,” which sounds like God is saying, “You’ve got all you need for life and godliness, Paul, so don’t bother me with all that physical stuff too.” But is that what “grace” meant here, that it only covered Paul’s eternal life, and that’s what counted, not his physical life too?

There’s a bit more God has to say in verse 9, however, that suggests “grace” here isn’t just talking about the salvation Christ has procured for us forever, it’s about the power he provides for us now. It’s there in the second part of God’s reply in verse 9, when he says, “My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” 

“My grace” in the first part of verse 9 becomes “My strength” in the second part. In context grace means strength, and it means strength right now too, in our desperate times of “weakness” (verse 9). This is when Christ really pulls through for us and makes himself real, as we discover again and again that his grace, in the shape of his strength, is sufficient for every situation we come up against in this life now.

And “Once I heard that,” Paul writes in verse 9 (The Message), “I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.” What gift? The gift of “Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness,” enabling Paul to function and carry on in THIS life, no matter what hit him.

It changed Paul’s attitude to his problems, verse 10: “Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

Paul literally experienced Christ lifting him out of the doldrums, out of his fears and desperation, and out of his worries that his handicaps would reduce his effectiveness. Paul learnt from experience that God solves everything in this life too, by “moving in on his weakness” and involving himself intimately in every problem Paul faced to get him through it.

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