Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:2
Evelyn Underhill starts today for us in these words: “Grace is God Himself, His loving energy at work within His church and within our souls.” Charles G. Finney says, “A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.”
Grace is the divine enablement that comes to a man and causes him to operate beyond his natural abilities. This divine addition causes him to meet up to expectation and also to level up with all valley and contours that would have swallowed him up. When God wants to help a man out of his predicament and problems, He releases this divine attribute into his life that brings him from wilderness situation into green pasture. It is grace that enables a man to say no to sin and to resist the lure of the devil. It is not mere determination or struggle that makes a man to overcome but rather it is this God’s divine enablement that is external to a man’s ability. Hear St. Ambrose: “Every holy thought is a gift of God, the inspiration of God, the grace of God.” The wonderful news is that this grace of God has appeared to all men, it is available for all to receive, yet it must be found.(Titus 2:11-12) How then does a life find grace?
Grace can only be found in the wilderness —a place of total helplessness and terrible dryness. It is that point where a man knows without doubt that he can no longer survive by his own effort, where he is faced with his incapacitation and emptiness. “The people found grace in the wilderness when they sought rest.” A man who still possesses the strength to face his own challenges, needs and responsibilities by himself will never find grace. Grace can be found only by the life that has come to the end of itself and has totally yielded itself to God. It is at the point where a man desires rest from his labor and seeks to allow God to continue for him, that he finds grace.
“He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) A man can only find grace in a humble state of heart. A man who still believes that he has something of himself he can live on will never find God’s grace. Men and women like Moses and Mary, who found grace before God only did so because of their unassuming hearts.
Beloved of the Lord, you too can find grace of help this day. Just come before Him and acknowledge your helplessness and inability. The law came by Moses. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Out of His fullness have we all received grace upon grace. (John 1:16 —17).
Eph 5: 21-33; Ps 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5; (R.1a); Accl Mt 11:25; Lk 13: 18-21
- Thank You Jesus for today’s reflection.
- Pray that God should rid You of any pride in your heart that will keep you far from grace.
- Father, God of all creation, into your mighty hands I commend my inadequacies and helplessness to you. I acknowledge that as this challenge(s) is all about now (list them), I cannot help myself. I therefore beseech You to come to my aid. I rely totally on Your grace to survive. So help me Lord for I am sinking. (Take very seriously)
- Thank God for prayers answered.
Exercise: Pray Psalms 88:1-18 seriously.
Memory Verse: Psalms 88:4