Sunday, September 14, 2014

God's Grace is Unmeasurable

I want to talk about the grace of God which He so freely showers upon us. Because of His great love and mercy God  looked down on mankind and had compassion. His grace is widespread and bountiful. He not only provided a way for us to come to Him but has also promised to be with us always and to give us strength and grace for every need.

I know sometimes it seems we are left on our own, especially when hard things happen to us or to those we love. It might be difficult to trust God during those times, because we are looking at our circumstances and feeling lost and alone. It can often be hard to believe that He will give us what we need at the right time, but He will. He has been so faithful through the years to meet me when I am struggling.

(photo by Gayl Wright)

In the last couple of months and into this past week there have been hard things to deal with in my life and in the lives of some family members. A son who has a physical limitation has been struggling more; a daughter along with her husband had to make some hard decisions that affected their family; I received a hurtful email from someone I thought was my friend, and another daughter had to make a very hard decision because of recent unexpected and heartbreaking events.

These are very real struggles. It is easy to get discouraged and lose faith in people you trusted but have seemingly turned on you or betrayed your trust.

We need God's grace to help us and to guide us so that we do not react or respond in an unkind way.

We need grace for understanding and for healing. We need to look to God, because He always loves us.

He is always faithful. He can always be trusted. People will fail us. We will fail people, but God NEVER fails.

(photo by Gayl Wright)

This has been a difficult few days not just for me but for many. I think of all the messiness of this world, all the hatred, all the distrust, all the recent events that just make our hearts break; the disagreements among those of us who love and trust God, and my mind is drawn to a hymn we sang when I was growing up. I have copied the words here as the song is Public Domain. Read them and drink in the truth of them. Let them soothe your parched soul and pour healing balm on your wounds.

He Giveth More Grace 
(by Annie Johnson Flint)

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

(photo by Gayl Wright)

I want to encourage each one of us to reach out to God to receive that grace He is offering, to know that He will be true to His word and will lavish His grace upon us all enabling us to move ahead and follow where He leads. I would love to hear from you especially if you have been encouraged by these words or if you have anything to add or share.

I am linking up with Lisha Epperson's weekly #Give Me Grace gathering. If you get a chance visit there to read some inspiring posts.

Here is a You Tube version of the song:      

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