Grace When You Need It

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you..may have an abundance for every good work.

-2 Corinthians 9:8

Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman who was imprisoned by the Nazis for hiding Jews in her home during World War II, once told of a valuable lesson her father taught her as a girl. Corrie was worried about being able to face all the trials and suffering that might come her way as a Christian. Her wise father reminded her of her frequent train trips to a nearby town. He said, “Corrie, when do I give you the money for your train ride?” She answered, “Just before I go.” He said, “That’s right, and that’s when God will give you the grace for any problem-just when you need it.”

God hasn’t promised us a life without trials, but He has promised us grace for the journey. God gave Corrie ten Boom the grace to endure a flea-infected Nazi concentration camp. He even used the fleas as a defense to keep the guards out so the women could have their Bible studies.

Think about the areas in your life where you are suffering and in need of help. Mentally dump them all into a cardboard packing box. Then picture Jesus as standing by your side, ready to lift one end of the box and carry it with you. Then relax in the assurance that His grace will always be there-ready when you need it.

Thought:  God’s grace can be mine-if I will accept it.


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