The Beauty of Grace

 

“You have learned that we cannot fall out of God’s grace. No matter how low we plunge, God’s grace goes lower still. The beauty of grace is that it does not leave us there.”[i] —Phillip Yancey

 

Today’s Verse: “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” (Psalm 139:8 NKJV)

 

God will not leave you when you make the decision to release your faith. No matter what has happened, no matter what life looks like, no matter what you are feeling, He’s promised He will never leave you or forsake you. There’s no risk.

No matter what the problem, the loss, or the suffering you face, God promises that His grace is sufficient for you. In Jesus, the door is flung wide open to freely receive God’s help, mercy, and grace in every circumstance. We can rest in full assurance that God will do what He has promised to do, no matter what. There’s no risk.

The apostle Paul writes often about two ways we can go about things (for example, 2 Corinthians 1:9,1 Timothy 4:10) . We can trust ourselves, or we can trust God and His promises. We can depend on our human effort, or we can depend on God’s grace. It’s our choice.

There’s tremendous risk if we choose to trust ourselves. We don’t have all the information and knowledge (even when we think we do), and we don’t have any real power (even though we think we do).

The beauty of God’s risk-free grace lies in its simplicity. He does have all wisdom, knowledge, and power. He does know yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He does know all the other intricate pieces of the puzzle that we’ll never see this side of heaven. It’s simple to see there’s no risk when you’re working alongside someone who has all the answers.

In the above verses from 2 Corinthians and 1 Timothy, Paul shows us two ways. One rests on our own effort and is doomed to failure. The other is the low-risk beauty of His grace, which exists for us as we come to trust and release our faith in Him.

INSIGHT: Releasing your faith into God’s hands is risk free. When you realize His grace and its sufficiency, you’ll be able to move on to healing, expectancy, and peace.

PRAYER: Thank God for His grace. Thank Him that He will never leave you or forsake you in the midst of your feelings, circumstances, or fears. Ask Him to empower you to trust Him and seek the next step in the journey.

LIFE CHOICES:

  • Study Romans 4:18–25 and Isaiah 41:3. What prepared Abraham to take God at His Word? What are the promises of God in these verses? How can you apply them to your current situation?
  • Understand that your willingness to take God at His Word is vital to your healing and future hope. You can try to do it all on your own, but there’s tremendous risk.
  • Discover the peace that comes with holding fast to God’s promised and risk-free grace. Feel the freedom of knowing that God’s promises are true in your life, no matter the circumstances. Find rest in His arms, His promises, and His grace.

You can read other devotionals like this in my new book, The Way Back From Loss, now available in hard cover and eBook formats.

[i] Phillip Yancey, What Good is God? In Search of a Faith that Matters, (New York, FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, 2010), e-book edition.

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