Turn On the Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 255)
Ephesians 4:1 (NLT)
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
You need to know something in this life. You are never ever alone. You do not have to bear the burdens of the world in your own strength. You are valued, loved, and heard by God. God loves you — always has and always will. Nothing that you do or that happens in your life will keep God back from loving you and watching over you. Nothing can separate you from his love because it is through grace that he extends his love and peace to us.
When unspeakable tragedy strikes and you’re caught in the middle with perhaps no one to turn to, it is at that moment that you can put your hand in God’s hand and rely on his strength to pull you through. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow or next week or next year. Pain, suffering, loss, and grief are unfortunately inevitable parts of our existence. When the opportunity presents itself to really pay attention to such moments in our society, we can take comfort in knowing that grace still exists even in a fallen world.
When you put your hand, your heart, and everything about you in the hand of God, he promises to hold on to it and to give you what you need to carry on. There may be times that you feel hopeless, you feel like there is no point in going on, you feel like giving up and letting go. But that is just the moment that God holds you up a little tighter and lets you know that though the world may fail and people will leave, you are eternally secure in his love, grace, mercy, and goodness.
God gives his children strength to carry on. Not just to carry on under the massive burdens of grief, hurt, pain, and loss. But he gives us strength to carry on like warriors, with forgiveness and grace, with understanding and confidence. Once we place our trust in God through Jesus, we put ourselves in position to never miss out on the blessings of grace. Believers respond to grace by embracing its reality in our lives and by sharing it with others. Like love and kindness, grace is a universal language that all people can understand.
It is the nature of grace to rush in like a mighty wave and take over the situations in our lives that we can no longer handle. Grace trumps panic, overrides fear, comforts in grief, and redeems our mistakes. Grace changes everything. It is that one great power that buries us in a beautiful place of divine encounters. It allows us to face those moments along the journey that we’d otherwise not face. As we step into each new day of unknowns and uncertainty, we can be sure of one thing that God allows us to be both weak and strong, scared and brave, terrified and courageous all at the same time for his purpose. Some grace we would never experience if it were not for some trial we endured.
Whatever you face today, know that God is there to help you through it. You are forgiven and free because that is the indelible outcome of grace. God is for you. He is with you. He will hold you up if you let him while everything around you is crashing down. Leading a life worthy of the calling he has given to each and every one of us requires that we respond to his grace with humility. And when that grace is permanently set in our souls, we can trust, we can love, and we can serve.
“Grace always shocks. Grace always stuns. Grace is always what we need. It’s what everyone groping around lost in the dark has to know: turn toward grace and you turn on all the lights.”
— Ann Voskamp