Grace is more than surface deep—it’s complex. Google defines grace as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Simply put, grace is getting something we don’t deserve. Often, it’s associated only with salvation (saving grace). We deserve the penalty of death because of our sin, but grace steps in and gives us life through Jesus Christ. Grace spares us from the cross and continues to walk us Home. It’s not bound by the sacrificial (and ultimate!) act on the cross. Grace breathes its sweet breath into every aspect of our life.
There is grace in all things, in our every moment, in our every breath. His grace works in us. His grace transforms us.
If we think we deserve everything good in life and expect to receive everything we ever wanted, we will miss all the grace which abounds. Yet even in our selfishness and blindness, God still holds out His hand and giveth more grace.
He gives the necessary amount of grace we need to get through each day. It may be a simple reminder, it may be a stamped envelope, it may be the sound of someone’s voice on the other line or it may be rain after a long drought. It may be comfort after tragedy, peace after distress, relief after pain, an answer after waiting, a break in the clouds, quiet after chaos, healing after a sickness, victory over a battle, spring after a long winter, the end of a trial, money you so desperately needed or good news.
God’s grace is there waiting. It’s peaceful, perfect, unending, limitless, matchless. Grace is freely given. Grace is greater than our sins and mightier than our raging waters. Grace strengthens when we’re weak. Grace silences our fears. Grace offers relief. Grace gives freedom and hope. Grace shields and protects. Grace doesn’t judge or discriminate. Grace endures. Grace sustains. Grace carries. Grace comforts. Grace forgives. Grace provides. Grace enables.
Grace may be the rainbow after the storm. But grace is also in the storm. Grace finds us in our troubled waters and allows us to see God. It meets us in the deepest valleys and carries us to still waters.
Paul had a thorn in his flesh. He pleaded with God three times that it should leave him. It didn’t. But after the third time, Paul wrote, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is make perfect in weakness.’” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Often our earthly struggles consume us. No longer can we endure. We cry out to God, “Please take it away!” But our answer is only silence. Be still, and know that I am God—as the Psalm says. His grace is enough. In our trials His power is demonstrated. Often, God’s grace is simply His strength carrying us through. It comes so softly that you must be still to know.
As the familiar song Amazing Grace sings…
Thru many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
God’s grace is amazing. God’s grace is enough.
From the hymn Grace is Flowing:
Grace is flowing like a river; millions there have been supplied.
Still it flows as fresh as ever from the Savior’s wounded side.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.