Thursday, June 17, 2010

By the Grace of God

How many times have you heard someone, perhaps yourself, say, "By the grace of God . . . ."?
  • By the grace of God, he made it through the savage river.
  • By the grace of God, she survived her heart attack.
  • By the grace of God, they foraged enough food to make it through the winter.
  • By the grace of God, he outran the bear.
In crunch times we are more likely to humble ourselves and cry out for help. In our crises we recognize our vulnerability and credit God with deliverance. Too bad we don't recognize our need for God in the good times, for those are often the very times we succumb to temptation or are blindsided by the enemy. Like lambs cut from the fold, we make easy prey for wolves in sheep's clothing.

Drawing near to God ensures His protection.

"Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you."
~James 4:8
We may never know what troubles have been averted just because the Good Shepherd is keeping watch over our souls.

"I lay down My life for the sheep."
~ John 10:17

By the grace of God, He loved the world so much that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

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