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>WHAT HAS GOD PROMISED?

>The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7 – 8).

At first glance, one might think of this verse as a promise of ease. We want to think of God as a kindly provider—one who anticipates our needs and makes simplifies our lives. In some ways, the very nature of God is to enrich and nurture our physical existence. He lavishes His goodness on us. But by relegating this to a right, rather than a privilege, we miss the intent.

Our comings and goings, or comfort or discomfort, our needs or excesses are under God’s control. If he surpasses our wants, perhaps He means for us to store them up for others or for later use or perhaps He desires us to use what He has given us. Whatever His purpose, be sure He will reveal it in His good time. The lesson is not in the fact we have or we lack but rather God is in control of the circumstance.

>What Is Grace

>It is by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, less any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV).


This Thing Called Grace

What is Grace? Who can define it? Who can fathom it? Who can measure its depth? Grace is one of those words we banter around as if we know what it means; and yet we have only a glimpse of its true worth. Like Moses, we stand in the cleft of the rock and see only the hinder part of God. Our understanding of this Heavenly gift is muted by our humanity that wants to analyze, define, and compare every form of experience. Unless we can articulate it, we feel we cannot own it. If we cannot feel it, we don’t believe it exists. If it is not better than what we have, we will reject it altogether. Perhaps that is why Grace, freely given, is easily ignored. How can we as finite expect to define the infinite? We are foolish to try. God’s full disclosure would overwhelm our puniness. Still, we cry out, “Show us Grace.” And, so He hides us in the crevices and lets us experience a portion of His wonder. This to me is Grace: the indefinable Grace that God can only give. He who is all sufficient finds His pleasure in us.

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