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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Grace...




"He said naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21. Job was pressured beyond anything I could ever imagine, he lost everything, yet he humbled himself in the sight of the Lord. Loss is designed to teach us humility and this is where grace comes in.

I am in the midst of suffering due to a loss that it has changed my life and my relationship with my Lord and Savior. I continue to pray that this loss will be temporary, the Lord hasn't fixed it, I don't know if He will. I do know Job 1:21 is true, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away", which brings my attention to the application of 2 Corinthians 12:9 and the fact I know this verse is true, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Because of these words I can live with His decision and be at peace with it.  

When the loss became emotionally more than I could bear I cried out to the Lord, acknowledged my part in the circumstances leading up to the loss with humility, and in that moment was a turning point in my relationship with Jesus Christ. This moment redefined my faith of 47 years, yes, it took me 47 years to finally understand with clarity, the meaning of 1 Corinthians 12:9. Grace is the only reason I exist. Grace is non meritorious work of the Lord Jesus Christ, I don't deserve it and I cannot earn it, it's based on who and what He is. Thank God for that.

Understanding grace is imperative to the life of the Christian. Grace is what makes us able to demonstrate Christ to others, grace makes it possible to forgive others as well as ourselves and grace eliminates all condemnation and guilt. Salvation begins and ends with the grace of Christ, as it say's in Ephesians 2:4-9 "But, God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of words, so that no one may boast." 

If this loss is never recovered in time it is because God, in His infinite grace and wisdom, has allowed it, therefore I must endure it. His word is His promise and God keeps His promises. His unfailing grace is sufficient to get me through. Being brought to my spiritual knees was the best thing that ever happened, I'm even thankful for the suffering. I'm suffering and that means I'm alive and as long as I'm alive God has a plan, a plan for me to grow in His magnificent grace. 

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