Pondering Grace

Have you ever found yourself referring to God’s grace in your life on a frequent basis? Have you ever sat down and just contemplated the incredible grace that God has shown you this very day?

As a child I remember often being confused about the difference between Grace and Mercy until someone shared this definition with me: Mercy is God NOT giving you something you deserve (ie. punishment) and Grace is God giving you something you DON’T deserve. Simple enough, right?

Lately I have found myself meditating on God’s grace and how prevalent it has been in my life.  I quickly came to realize that I had reached a point in my life where I had come to EXPECT God’s grace. Now at first I began to rebuke myself. How dare I expect such things from God? I am merely a speck in the midst of his magnitude. His greatness far exceeds what I can even comprehend. I am so completely undeserving of anything from such a mighty God. BUT….my thinking was not based on scripture. What a relief! Because God promises us grace! If we are His child then we CAN expect His grace to be prevalent in our lives. Let me show you…

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work;
2 Corinthians 9:8

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Ephesians 4:7

Sometimes we expect God to give us grace in certain areas but not in others. We pray hard and expect to see God work in a major circumstance in our life that has us concerned. We pray specifically and wait for God to do a work. As we should! But what about the daily hum drums of life?

What about the child that seems impossible today?
What about that financial difficulty?
What about that family issue that might be hard to handle?
What about that close friend who is slowly pulling away from the things of God?
I’m sure you could think of a lot more things that YOU encounter on a daily basis. Does God not give us grace to deal with those things as well? What about that hard thing you read about in your devotions this morning? Where God was convicting you about a matter of sin. He WILL give you the grace to overcome it.

I love the Apostle Paul’s testimony in 1 Corinthians 15:10. He says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” We know Paul was a man who labored for Christ. From his perspective, God had given him grace and he did NOT want it to be IN VAIN…. what a sobering thought that the grace of God in our lives could actually be in vain. It’s a fact that we cannot live this Christian life on our own. Paul says “yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Let’s access that grace today and allow Him to work in our lives.