Nothing in the world is more wonderful than grace, and we are impressed by it’s greatness in many ways. But, perhaps the place where it gets our attention the most is at the point of our pain. Suffering isn’t pleasant, even when you know it can be profitable, and even when you know it is permitted by a loving God. Sometimes we find ourselves up against things we can’t change or control, nor seemingly endure, and all effort to make things better don’t. We are forced to live with things as they are. All we can do is cast ourselves on the mercy of God and count on the grace of God. Sadly some consider this to be second best. They feel short-changed and forced to endure what they would rather escape.
The truth is that God’s grace is sufficient, abundant, more than enough. Best of all, it glorifies God. When our need is supplied through grace we have nothing to boast about–God alone is to be praised. If God refuses to grant our request and withholds what we feel we need it is always for a good reason, and we don’t always get an explanation. Could life be easier? Absolutely! Could things be more fun? Of course. But being easier and more fun isn’t always better. God has a purpose and a plan that is for our good and His glory. And He refuses to be swayed by our petty complaints, foolish arguments and fleshly desires. He does what is best regardless of how it appears or how we feel about it.
Knowing this might not change your circumstances but it can change your attitude and actions. Because of God’s grace “..all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose“(Rom. 8:28). It is no wonder that we call it “amazing”! It is more than adequate for every need and available to whosoever will receive it. Through grace we can deal with every trial, decline every temptation, defeat every enemy, do all things, depend on every promise, defend against pride, deepen our relationship with Christ and delight in every day.