I believe grace from God is the defining concept of life. Common grace is for every person and you can attribute it with the fact that you woke up this morning and are currently reading this line. Saving grace is the Gospel: Jesus coming to die for our sins so that we could know Him and have eternal life. Then there is sustaining grace, which meets us in hardship. Sometimes, though, it is grace that we have the hardship to begin with. It is also grace when life goes our way. Basically, grace is integral to every single part of life!
All of those things are absolutely undeserved. God owes us nothing because we are sinful men and women. Yet, He gives us grace: unmerited favor and sustenance for life. It’s like a waterfall. It never stops pouring down!
A passage that has shaped my view of grace is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. In it Paul writes,
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul was content to rest in the grace of God and His sovereign choice of protection. No, it wasn’t comfortable for him, but Jesus never did promise comfort to His followers.
I’m slowly learning what it means to live in grace and to walk through life’s challenges well and this blog is a way for me to share that journey.
I hope you find yourself more aware of the grace from God after reading this blog!