Jul
6
2012

Grace Sufficient

Lately I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time reflecting on the goodness of God in my life.  Sometimes as we get pulled into the grind of daily living we lose sight of the many blessings each of us have been given.  Instead we tend to focus on how bad things are.  I know some of us are going through difficult situations.  Whatever it is we have all said at one time or another “why me Lord”.  Why are you not blessing me with your grace or mercy?  Well the truth is His grace is already in your life, but it doesn’t always look like we think it should. 

We have been trained by the World to think riches, fame or influence will make us happy and give us “easy” living.  So in turn we think if we have the Lord’s favor or grace we have it made.  Meaning we will never have any trials, no defeats or ever face pain in our lives.  This is not true.  Having God’s grace in our lives is not for our convenience but for His purpose.  Take Mary – she gave birth in a barn, was ridiculed by society and watched her son be crucified on a criminal’s cross.  From the World’s perspective I would say she had a difficult life.  Yet God said she was highly favored.

 Luke 1:28

 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Having God’s grace in our life doesn’t mean we will never face trials, suffer setbacks or have pain.  In fact the Lord says we shall face a variety of trials here on Earth – so get ready.

James 1:2-3

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience

I believe the Lord shows us grace and mercy by not letting us know when trials will happen.  Instead we fall into them, we don’t always see them coming.  These are not obstacles, but opportunities for us to trust God.

There are SO many ways God’s grace shows up in our lives.  Unfortunately people don’t always realize this truth because they are not looking for it.  We need to increase our awareness and change our perspective.  Let us be thankful for the very breath we take.  WOW Lord another glorious sunrise…thank you God!!  May we reach the place where we say – really Lord, really are you going to bless me this much.  It’s amazing grace.  Let us not forget all the benefits of the Lord.

Psalms 103:2

 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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  • So true! I know in times of trial I’ve had a hard time seeing the grace and the blessing, however, after it’s over I could kick myself because I missed an opportunity to really trust in God’s plan for my life.

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