Grace For The Journey
As we approach the final days of this decade, I think it is helpful for all of us to get a little bit contemplative about the last ten years. I don’t know about you, but I have experienced that sense of things moving more quickly as we get older. That reality has been difficult to deny as we wind up the last of the “two-thousand-and-teens.” It hardly seems possible that it was twenty years ago when we were all wondering if the world was going to implode on Y2K – would some unavoidable computer glitch shut down the global grid? Of course, that never occurred, and we have been able to continue cruising through the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
The Bible says in Psalm 143:5, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands.” The psalmist wrote of his practice of slowing down and intentionally centering his thoughts on God’s ways and God’s works. The highest place upon which he could set his mind was on the goodness of God. I think we would benefit greatly if we did the same thing as often as possible. When I get intentionally thoughtful towards God, I become increasingly thankful toward Him.
I want to end this year, and this decade, with prayerful thoughts and words of praise on how wonderful and awesome God has been to me.
Thank You, Father, for another year filled with Your grace. Thank You for shepherding me through intense and difficult moments I never would have signed up for if You had asked us. Thank You for the wisdom and depth of faith you supplied me through trials and testings that took me outside of my own resources and capacities. Thank You, Father, for new friends I made this past year and how they have enriched my life. Thank You for reinforcing to me that my relationships are far more valuable than my possessions. Thank You for Your astounding mercy and grace as throughout the decade I said goodbye to those that I would have kept by my side forever if it had been in my power. Only by Your grace did I not fall apart in my grief, never to arise. Thank You, Father, for sustaining grace that I could only experience in the moments where it was needed. You have upheld me with Your hand during each day. You are an unspeakably great and good God.
Thank you, King Jesus, for ruling faithfully and wisely over the entire world and universe for another twelve months. With the psalmist, I am humbled when I consider all that You have done, I see the work of your hands. Even though the nations rage and proud, ignorant men beat their arrogant chests in thunder and fury, while American politicians continue to direct their empty streams of polluted platforms, You, Lord Jesus, abide in the strength of Your decrees which abide forever. What joy it will be when the foolishness of man is forever silenced by Your uncontested authority. I am immeasurably blessed today to think on this one thing: the Word of my Savior and King eternally endures, and He have the final word. Every other voice will fall silent. All that will be heard will be the bending of every knee just before the global confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. I say reverently, Jesus, that I cannot wait for this moment to come.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for patiently abiding with me as I sometimes stumble my way toward my appointed finish lines. The more I know You, the more humbled I am that You are willing to abide with me in the midst of my too-frequent follies. I say such foolish things at times – things unfitting for those who are forgiven and redeemed. I bark and bite at others instead of blessing and building them. I am prone to grieve Your holy heart. I quench the flame of Your power within me because I spend unprofitable time dialed in on things that will not matter in eternity. You are the undeterred teacher and trainer of my heart. You strive with me, yearning to bring about the full manifestation of who I am in Christ. I so deeply need You! It is not my might that sustains me. It is not my power that wins the day. It is You, Spirit of God, who inhabits me, empowers me, sanctifies me, seals me, gifts me, and delivers me. Thank You for being God in me! Thank You that, as with the Father and the Son, Your special mercies to me are new every morning. Do not relent, Holy Spirit! Let the glory of Jesus be released through me in greater measures as I decrease, and He increases in my life.
With the psalmist, we must remember Who is our God. With the psalmist, we must meditate upon the goodness of God toward us. With the psalmist, we must ponder in childlike wonder the marvelous works of God.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”