Today’s Scripture: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8
In September 2016, I had the privilege of teaching first and second Corinthians at Dayspring Bible College and Seminary. As I taught an overview of these two books, I was astounded anew at the grace of God showed to these troublesome Christians.
I shared with the class several classic definitions of grace.
God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
The desire and ability to do what you should
Not a license to sin but liberty to serve
God’s passion to share all His goodness with others
These are good definitions. Some of them refer to the gift of salvation. Others refer to how we should live the Christian life.
While no definition of God’s amazing grace could be completely adequate, I discovered another one that I really like: God’s grace is what you need when you need it.
I have consistently found in my life that God gave me His grace when I put myself out on a limb to serve Him. His grace did not show up before I needed it. Not always when I wanted it, but when I needed it.
Do you want more of His grace? First, humble yourself (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). Then, keep putting yourself in places of obedience where you will fail unless God shows up in the nick of time.
We moved to Ohio eight years ago so I could pastor a small, struggling, country church. At the church, God has always provided exactly what we need, right when we need it. Recently, our lawnmower was broken, and seemingly beyond repair. Then, a friend dropped off his mower for us to use before the grass got totally out of control.
Humbly put yourself in positions of obedience where you will completely fail without His grace, and I believe you will find He will always provide exactly what you need exactly when you need it.
God will never fail you, not even once!
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan