Thursday, 26 May 2022
“What shall we say, then, of Abraham, the father of our race? What was his experience? If he was put right with GOD by the things he did, he would have something to boast about—but not in God’s sight. The Scripture says, “Abraham believed GOD, and because of his faith GOD accepted him as righteous.” – Romans 4:1-3 GNT
“Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” – Hebrews 4:16 GNT
I have two children who never stop revealing, not only me to myself, but also the importance of having a sincere and vulnerable parent-child relationship with GOD, my Father. A few weeks ago when my daughter asked for one more thing on her long list of wants and needs from me, I asked her why is it that I’m the only person she asks things from and yet she is surrounded by family and loved ones that I know would happily give her anything she asks for. Her answer was so simple and honestly, I was humbled, “I come to you for everything because I trust you. With everyone else, I feel I need to do and be someone that impresses them. But none of that matters with you.” Now, this is the true meaning of what we know grace to be.
According to Wikipedia, grace is defined as a spontaneous gift from GOD to people – “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” that takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the divine life of GOD. So in a world where nothing comes for free, it’s understandable why people struggle with the concept of a GOD who does things for His children simply because He loves them. We (when in the flesh) have this innate need to boast in our abilities and to glory in the amazing things we have done to bring us a blessed life (usually defined materially) and how our “works” have bought us favor with GOD.
We struggle to live a joyous life of divine grace because this comes from having a relationship with GOD. Grace and favor can only be accepted and appreciated when you know and believe in the One who gives them. This is why David guarded his relationship with GOD so jealously. “Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalms 51:11 AMP. It is in the presence of GOD that we learn who He is, understand His ways, and it is through the Holy Spirit that He is revealed to us in His Word. Now being the hardest working lazy person that I know, I cannot imagine anything better than serving a GOD who not only finds pleasure in blessing us but is willing to lead, guide, and even tell us how to get through this life. As my youngest revelator always shows me, nothing “buys” grace quicker than being repentant when in error and being continuously sincere in expressing love.
I cannot imagine anything better than serving a GOD who not only finds pleasure in blessing us but is willing to lead, guide, and even tell us how to get through this life