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The Grace of God

June 17, 2016

Grace (in the Christian faith) is defined as the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. This is seen as that “thing” that just gives us that “edge” even when we know in our church mind that we don’t deserve it. As Alexander Whyte put it, “grace, then, is grace, – that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.”

As Christians we sometimes forget the unseeming hand of God in ALL our activities. There are times we acknowledge the presence of God but most times we do that only when the outcome is “significant”. A good friend of mine will always say “thank God for little mercies” and I have come to renewed understanding that he was always right!

We may never know this but as you comfortably lay in bed when you call it a day, snore through the night and are able to wake up in the morning, that in itself is a miracle. Do you know how many don’t? As you set out to work in the morning and return home in the evening, do you know how many are unable to see their loved ones again? We go on holidays, have fun, enjoy ourselves, take pictures, share our moments with the world, do you know how many families holidays turn to be a nightmare? Before you say God forbid, biko calm down for Jesus! There are great men and women of God who have died in accidental situations and we may never know why God let it happen – Pastor Bimbo Odukoya, Myles Munroe, to mention but a few.

I am not about to paint a doomsday scenario but I am trying to remind all of us, including myself – because I am equally as guilt, if not worse, that we ought to recognise the hand of God in whatever we do. Not everyone can cabash or shout to heavens but we can all say thank you Father. Before you conclude that it was your hard work, your preparedness, your smartness, your i-too-know attitude that got you to where you are today or made you very successful, remember that, in a snap, it could all be over and then, you will realise that He alone is God.

Even Abraham Lincoln once said that “intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” Ladies and gentlemen, as we go about our activities this weekend, may we have the humility to understand that it is that grace of God that guides, leads, protects and generally orders our footsteps – you are not smarter, sharper, better skilled; neither did you plan better or used your experience to get it right…do not take God’s glory, and do not take the grace of God for granted turning whatever situation you find yourself to be yours…

Let all those who have ears, hear; I will leave you with a few bible verses – Acts 20:32; Hebrews 4:16; Esther 2:16-17, refer. For God has spoken and let the church say amen!

Have a happy weekend!

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