Tuesday, December 6, 2011

God's Grace

We hear a lot about God's grace, & we write a lot about it, & this is good. But it seems we don't always see it in action like we should. I am one of the worst in this, I am pretty good at talking about it but not as good at living it. One of the sweetest verses in the Word of God on this subject of the grace of God is Ephesians 2:7, in which God says that in the endless ages to come He will show the exceeding riches of His grace, in His kindness toward us as believers through Christ Jesus! In other words, God's grace will be on open display all throughout eternity just because we're in Heaven as trophies of His grace! Sometimes we may wonder when we go through hard times how they could ever be used for His glory, or even less, our good? I think of Job in the Bible, & I am just now beginning to see God's abundant grace in this Book like I never have before. Job went through unspeakable suffering, & it was not because of any sin in his life, even though his legalistic friends tried to pin that on him. In fact, God doesn't come right out & tell us in so many words just what caused all Job's suffering except that He allowed it. Yet, at the end of the Book, in Job's response to God, I believe we do see at least part of the reason God allowed the horrendous suffering He did in Job's life. That reason makes all of what he suffered worth it all. In Job 42:5, he says to God, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You." In other words, I have heard quite a bit of men's opinions of You, from these so-called friends of mine & others, but now I know You in a much more personal way through this suffering." What could be better than to know God better? Paul longed for this type of knowledge of God in Philippians 3:10, & he was glad to suffer, even if it meant his death, to get that deeper knowledge. Jesus said that eternal life is to know God & Jesus who God sent.
Recently God in His grace helped us see at least some of why He allowed a tough time in our life awhile ago, & it ended up being so we could experience His grace in a deeper way. Was it worth it? No doubt! Praise the Lord.

6 comments:

Dave said...

Very good post!! God allowed me to go through such a horrific time that ended up delivering me from Lordship Salvation and the 5 points of Calvinism. I learned about His grace during that difficult time. I cannot imagine where I would be today if I did not go through such trials, but I am thankful for them.

Lord bless you brother!

David Wyatt said...

Amen bro. Dave. If the Lord allows us to go through a painful trial, He always has a much greater outcome for us on the other side, & on top of that, He goes with us through it! He is so wonderful! God Bless you bro. Dave!!

ExPreacherMan said...

Yep Bro. David,

I know every true Grace believer in Jesus Christ has experienced God's abundant and immeasurable Grace.. but too many do not SEE it.

In my life as a believer, I could write a book of experiences which are impossible apart from His Grace and Love.

Our love in Christ to you and your sweet wife.

In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

David Wyatt said...

So true bro. Jack. It'd make a great book to tell of some of the wonders of His grace in my life! Thanks so much for your kind words! God Bless you & Mrs. Shirley!

Z said...

, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You." In other words, I have heard quite a bit of men's opinions of You, from these so-called friends of mine & others, but now I know You in a much more personal way through this suffering." What could be better than to know God better?"


David...you just made such sense of a chapter I've read (and studied, let by excellent people) so many times.. thank you for this huge blessing.

God bless you and your family, David. Especially at the Christmas season. xxx

David Wyatt said...

What a blessing to hear from you, Z! I was about to shut down for the evening & thought to check email just before turning in & I'm glad I did. Your comment is such a blessing to me. I really don'rt know where this idea came from except that our gracious & loving Lord just helped us to see it in His magnificent Word. God is so good to us, especially me, Z. The longer I live & walk with Him, the more I see my own need & bankruptcy of spirit & His perfections & grace. He is truly our everything & Whom to know IS life eternal (1 Cor.1:30; Jn.17:3). God Bless you Z. Oh & by the way, today is my spiritual birthday! 33 years with my wonderful Savior.