I’m currently working on a post about the worthiness of our worship. It’s taking me forever, but I am enjoying the process because it’s challenging me to think through my convictions on worship and why they are what they are. I hope to be done with it soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to encourage y’all with something God has been showing me recently.
A few weeks ago, I posted an article called Praying for Daylight. It was about a series of events that led me to a new job, and how God had demonstrated His love and provision for Kate and I through it. I was rebuked by how quick I was to doubt God’s grace in my life. Well, since that time, the Lord has been reminding me over and over again that He is sovereignly in control of all the circumstances in our lives. Even though I have a better paying job, money is still tight for us. We can afford more of the things that we need like insurance, and furniture, and that sort of thing, but our finances are something that still need to be monitored closely. I know that God is control, because I have seen Him provide for us on many occasions. In fact, just two weeks ago, I checked my bank account before grocery shopping to find $50 more in my account than the day before. There were no new deposits, so I have no idea where it came from.
A few months back, someone was giving a testimony of God’s provision in their lives, and my wife made the comment that “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and sometimes He sells one or two of them off to help His children with the things they need”. While the analogy is silly, I think the idea is accurate. God is a God who delights in giving of Himself for us. In Psalm 50, God is talking about the richness of the earth that belongs to Him, and He says in verse 15, “call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”. Furthermore, Eph. 3:20 says that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think”. Think of it this way. God doesn’t just do “all we ask” because He can do “above all we ask”. He doesn’t just do “above all we ask” when He can do “abundantly above all we ask”. He doesn’t just do “abundantly above all we ask” because He can do “exceeding abundantly above all we ask”. He doesn’t just do “exceeding abundantly above all we ask”; He does “exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think”. We don’t even have to voice our requests to God for Him to blow our expectations out of the water with His goodness!
A guy at church yesterday sang Grace as a special before the sermon. The chorus says,
“Your will cannot lead me where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hand will protect me, I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me, Your love will forgive me,
And when I am faltering, I still will find You there.
These words are becoming more and more true to me with each passing day, and I hope you will see, if you haven’t already, that God’s grace is more than enough for you to do what He has called you to do.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – II Corinthians 12:9-10
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