Here is a great word picture in the Old Testament for you. Joseph was given a brand new multicolored robe to wear by his father, Jacob (Genesis 37:3). It fit him like a glove. Unbeknownst to either Jacob or Joseph, this beautiful robe was actually a gift from God to Joseph because of its unique quality. This coat, with each patch of brilliant color, was a reminder to Joseph that when he faced the inexplicable difficulties coming his way, God had it covered by His amazing grace.

For every difficulty, there is grace to bring you through. Let me explain this from the New Testament. The apostle Peter said, “Greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations” (1 Peter 1:6). The word “manifold” means “many colors.” In other words, in this world, problems will come to you in every kind of shape and size. But Peter doesn’t leave you there; he goes on to say, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). Here again is our word “manifold,” this time concerning God’s grace. Just like Joseph, who physically put on and wore his multicolored robe representing God’s grace, we too receive the grace of God to meet all of life’s complexities.

That’s what grace does; it gives you the fortitude, the courage, the forgiveness and the peace to press on no matter what. Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” that dogged him from day to day, and this valiant apostle came to the end of his rope. He’d had enough. We’ve all been there; we’ve all had those times when we’ve said, “I’m done. I’m finished. I can’t go on. God, you need to remove this problem so I can heal from the pain.” Paul prayed three times for God to remove his problems and God’s response each time was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Today, you may be facing formidable challenges, but you also have a formidable God who is taking you through the storm by His amazing grace.