Daily Word for Saturday, August 22, 2015
Grace is the key ingredient to our overcoming the ups and downs that life offers. While we will have responsibility in bringing to resolution that which confronts us, Grace is the difference maker in every detail of our lives. It demands nothing from us and offers us everything.
I Peter 5:10 says, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
Note the text above refers to Him as “the God of all grace” and it goes on to connect grace to our suffering. It further puts a time limit to our suffering; “a while.” The New International Version (NIV) says “a little while.”
I‘m most excited about the final statement in I Peter 5:10, where grace is connected to our outcome. It says that “the God of all grace” will “perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
Consider the following observations about Grace:
1. It’s sufficient.
• It’s more than enough for all our concerns.
II Corinthians 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2. It’s salvific.
• “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
3. It’s unrivaled.
• There is no competition.
Romans 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
4. It’s free to us.
• He paid the price for us; nothing we do produces grace’s outcome.
Romans 11:6 – And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
5. It’s apportioned according to need.
• God has the grace you need to overcome.
James 4:6 – But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
6. It’s timely.
• Grace is always on time.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
7. It’s our justification.
• Grace stands in our stead.
Romans 3:24 – Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
God’s grace, my friend, is sufficient for us. Meditate on these thoughts!
Peace and blessings!